U.S. Covid-19 Deaths For 2021 Surpass Toll From 2020
More Americans have died from Covid-19 so far in 2021 than in 2020, a sobering milestone after the year began with hopes that the United States was set to turn the corner on the pandemic with the rollout of vaccines — and the death count is still rising steadily at a pace of over 2,000 a day.
As of Wednesday, U.S. localities have reported 353,000 deaths since January 1, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
That surpasses the 352,000 deaths reported in 2020 in the 10 months following the first recorded domestic outbreaks of the disease in March.
Last week, the U.S. surpassed 700,000 Covid-19 deaths, more than any other country, and 25,000 more than were killed by the Spanish flu of 1918, making Covid-19 the deadliest pandemic in American history. But there are signs of a reprieve. The number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 dropped to a seven-day average of 66,131 in the week to Oct. 3 from 76,734 in the week to Sept. 26, according to the Centers for Disease Control, while the share of Americans who have received at least one shot of a coronavirus vaccine has risen to 65%, driven partly by government and corporate vaccination mandates.
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