The United States surpassed 20 million coronavirus cases on New Year’s Day, but the raging pandemic didn’t stop large crowds from gathering in several big cities across the country including New York, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa on Thursday night.
Data released by Johns Hopkins University on Friday indicates that the US reached the grim milestone.
The US has nearly twice as many COVID-19 infections as the No. 2 country, India, and nearly one-quarter of the more than 83 million cases globally.
COVID-19 deaths have also increased in the country, now totaling more than 346,000.
Still, that didn’t stop people from pretending that all was normal.
In New York City, sheriff’s deputies broke up three illegal parties in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.