US passes 800,000 deaths from COVID-19

The United States, officially the country worst affected by the pandemic, surpassed 800,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to a report from Johns Hopkins University.

This number is greater than the population of entire US states, such as North Dakota or Alaska.

About 450,000 deaths occurred in 2021, although highly effective vaccines began to be licensed as of December 2020, and are widely available in spring 2021.

The United States currently averages 1,150 deaths from COVID-19 per day, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The vast majority of deaths are unvaccinated people.

About 72% of the US population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, fewer than many countries, including France.

Congressional leaders observed a minute of silence Tuesday evening in honor of the victims.

“We’ll remember 800,000 loved ones haven’t made it this far: a lost father or grandfather, a mother or a grandmother, a friend, a familiar face in the neighborhood,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. , in a press release. “We all know someone who has died of this disease.”

This sad move comes in the midst of the fifth wave of pollution in the US, which like the previous wave has been linked to the delta formula.

But experts are now concerned about the Omicron variant, which has begun to spread in the country even though it currently accounts for only about 3% of new cases.

The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that Omicron is spreading at an unprecedented rate on the planet.

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The United States is the weightiest country in the world, according to official figures provided by the authorities, ahead of Brazil, India, Mexico and Russia.

The pandemic has killed at least 5.3 million people worldwide since the end of 2019, according to a report compiled by AFP from official sources on Tuesday.

But according to the World Health Organization, the real losses can be two to three times higher.

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