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Senin, 22 Februari 2021

US COVID-19 death toll passes 500,000 - ABC News

The United States has passed 500,000 coronavirus-related deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

It comes nearly a year after the COVID-19 pandemic up-ended the country with duelling public health and economic crises.

"It's nothing like we have ever been through in the last 102 years, since the 1918 influenza pandemic," the nation's top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, told CNN.

The US topped 400,000 deaths just over a month ago, on January 20.

The lives lost are about equal to the population of Kansas City in the state of Missouri, and greater than the cities of Miami in Florida, Raleigh in the state of North Carolina, or Omaha in Nebraska.

Despite the rollout of vaccines since mid-December, a closely watched model from the University of Washington projects more than 589,000 people will be dead by June 1.

The US toll is by far the highest reported in the world.

Its toll is twice as high as Brazil, which is in second place with 246,504 deaths.

Mexico is in third place with 180,107 deaths.

India has 156,385 fatalities, while the UK rounds out the top five with 120,987 dead from the virus.

More Americans need to be vaccinated to make a significant difference, experts say

A black woman in a face mask sits while a black doctor with black hair tied in a bun injects her.
The average number of COVID patients in US hospitals fell 17 per cent to 61,400 last week.(AP: Mark Lennihan)

The true numbers in the US are thought to be significantly greater, in part because of the many cases that were overlooked, especially early in the outbreak.

Average daily deaths and cases there have plummeted in the past few weeks, but experts have warned dangerous variants could cause the trend to reverse.

Some experts say not enough Americans have been inoculated yet for the vaccine to be making much of a difference.

Instead, the drop-off in deaths and cases has been attributed to the passing of the holidays, people staying home during the cold and bleak days of mid-winter, and better adherence to mask rules and social distancing.

The average number of COVID patients in US hospitals fell 17 per cent to 61,400 last week, the lowest since mid-November, according to a Reuters analysis of data from the volunteer-run COVID Tracking Project.

The first known deaths from the virus in the US happened in early February, 2020.

It took four months to reach the first 100,000 dead.

The toll hit 200,000 deaths in September, and 300,000 in December.

The US recorded an estimated 405,000 deaths in World War II, 58,000 in the Vietnam War and 36,000 in the Korean War.

Dr Fauci said the country was still logging 70,000 new cases on average per day, and said Americans could still be wearing masks into 2022.

"That's still a very high level of virus in the community," he told CNN last week.

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