There are already over half a million deaths from the coronavirus in the United States, NBC said, stressing that COVID-19 continues to pose a serious threat across the country, even as more and more people get vaccinated. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore reports slightly smaller figures.
According to NBC News, about half a million people in the United States had already died from COVID-19 by Sunday afternoon. The death toll is the highest in the world, despite America having less than five percent of the world’s population.
By comparison, NBC News indicates that the nationwide death toll from COVID-19 complications is roughly equal to that of Atlanta, Georgia, or Sacramento, California.
NBC News estimates that over 28.2 million cases of the virus have been confirmed in the United States since the start of the pandemic. The most populous US state, California, was particularly hard hit. Until Sunday, there were 3,527,641 confirmed cases since the outbreak of the pandemic. 49,110 people died.
However, according to the data of the “New York Times” daily, at least 1,591,929 cases of coronavirus and 46 346 deaths have been registered in New York until Sunday. The first case of a South African variant of the virus was also discovered.
On a positive note, in the US the average number of daily new cases has fallen recently. On February 12, it fell below 100,000. for the first time in several months.
Public health experts and top administration officials in Washington, however, warn that pandemic precautions must still be followed regardless of vaccination. They argue that this can slow the spread of the virus.
– We still have about 100,000 cases a day. We still have about 1,500 to 3,500 deaths a day. There are more than two and a half times more than we saw in the summer, said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on NBC’s Meet the Press.
However, slightly different data are provided by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. According to the statistics of this university, 1,793 deaths of COVID-19 were registered last 24 hours. The presence of the coronavirus was confirmed in 70,646 more people.
The Baltimore research facility said a total of 27,498,879 cases of infection have been reported in America since the outbreak. The number of fatalities – according to university data – reaches 480,567.
US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will commemorate the victims of the pandemic with a minute of silence on Monday. They will also light candles dedicated to them.
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