COVID-19 deaths in the United States have surpassed 800,000 as the Delta continues to plague the country in 2021.
According to reports, the United States hit 800,000 deaths from coronavirus-related diseases on Sunday. The country is bracing for a possible surge in infections due to colder weather and the highly contagious Omicron variant of the virus, which can spread quickly.
The number of people who have died in the United States as a result of this virus has now surpassed the population of North Dakota.
Due to the more contagious Delta strain and people refusing to get immunized against COVID-19, the country has lost more victims to the virus this year than in 2020, despite vaccines being readily and freely available.
Over 450,000 people in the United States have died after contracting COVID-19 since the beginning of the year, accounting for 57 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the country since the outbreak began.
According to health authorities, unvaccinated people accounted for the majority of the deaths this year. Despite breakthroughs in COVID patient care and novel treatment options such as monoclonal antibodies, death rates have risen.
According to a Reuters investigation, the spike from 600,000 to 700,000 deaths in the United States took 111 days. It only took 73 days for the next 100,000 people.
According to the Reuters study, other countries have lost much fewer people per capita in the last 11 months.
The United States ranks last among the Group of Seven (G7) wealthiest nations in terms of COVID-19 per capita deaths between January 1 and November 30.
The death rate in the U.S. was over three times that of neighboring Canada and eleven times that of Japan.
Even when compared to a bigger pool of wealthy countries with access to vaccines, the United States scores near the bottom. The United States is ranked 30th out of the 38 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Only Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Colombia, Poland, and Slovenia had a higher per capita COVID-19 death rate. New Zealand had the lowest.
When compared to the European Union, the United States had 1.3 times the number of per capita deaths reported in the last 11 months.
The United States is ranked 36th out of more than 200 countries and territories analyzed by Reuters.
According to the Reuters statistic, the United States has the largest number of recorded overall COVID-19 deaths in the world, followed by Brazil and India. With only 4% of the world’s population, the country is responsible for around 14% of all COVID-19 deaths and 19% of COVID-19 cases worldwide. The country is on track to surpass 50 million infections in the near future.
Infections were averaging over 120,000 per day in the United States, with Michigan contributing the most cases per day. COVID-19 patients, according to the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA), were crowding Michigan hospitals at record numbers, with three out of four of them being unvaccinated.
Scientists are still assessing the new Omicron variant’s impact and whether vaccinations could provide adequate protection.
In the United States, the Delta strain of the virus is still the most common.
According to the Reuters investigation, eight of the ten states with the greatest deaths per capita in the last 11 months were from the south: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia.
According to CDC data, over 60% of the US population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Fears of the new variety have driven a surge in demand for COVID-19 booster doses in the United States. Last week, well under a million people per day received booster doses of one of the three allowed vaccines, the highest rate since the additional shots were approved by regulators.
“We must act together in this moment to address the impact of the current cases we are seeing, which are largely Delta, and to prepare ourselves for the possibility of more Omicron,” U.S. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a White House briefing on Tuesday.
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