US COVID-19 deaths in 2021 surpass last year’s toll – Community News

US COVID-19 deaths in 2021 surpass last year’s toll

The United States has reached another sobering milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic, as the number of coronavirus deaths in 2021 surpassed the 2020 total.

According to the most recent data available from Johns Hopkins University, the US has achieved at least 770,691 COVID-19 deaths over the entire course of the pandemic.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in 2020 was 385,343.

That means at least 385,348 COVID-19 deaths — 15 more than the 2020 total — have been recorded so far in 2021, and that number will only increase in the days and weeks ahead.

In June, a Wall Street Journal analysis found that global COVID-19 deaths in 2021 had already surpassed 2020 numbers. The newspaper reported at the time that as of 2021, 1,883 people had died related to COVID-19, surpassing the global death toll of 1.88 million from 2020.

The grim milestone in the US comes despite three COVID-19 vaccines having been approved in the country, most recently for children as young as 5 years old.

About 69 percent of the U.S. population is at least partially vaccinated, while 59 percent is fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.

Among that group, Americans 65 and older have impressively high vaccination rates. According to CDC data, nearly 100 percent of people in that age bracket are at least partially vaccinated, while 86 percent are fully vaccinated.

As the US began to celebrate a decline in COVID-19 cases in September, those numbers have steadily started to climb again. Last week, 29 states saw higher numbers of COVID-19 than the week before.

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