On Monday, California was announced as the first US state to report over 3 million confirmed coronavirus cases.
The milestone, which was tallied by the Johns Hopkins University, was not completely expected in the state that has 40 million citizens. California recorded 2 million cases on 24 December.
The state confirmed the first virus case on 25 January last year. It took around 292 days for 1 million cases on 11 November and around 44 days for reaching 2 million.
The state’s caseload is far ahead of the other big states. Texas recorded over 2 million cases while Florida had 1.5 million cases.
California has reported over 33,600 deaths associated with coronavirus.
A caseload rise that started last fall now has strained hospitals, especially the ICUs as about 12 percent of the patients get sick enough a few days after and need medical attention, as per the health officials.