The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 600,000 on Tuesday, even as the vaccination campaign drastically reduced daily cases and deaths and enabled the country to emerge from the gloom and wait for it to happen. ‘been looking forward to.
The number of lives lost, as recorded by Johns Hopkins University, is greater than the population of Baltimore or Milwaukee. This is roughly equal to the number of Americans who died of cancer in 2019. Globally, the death toll from COVID-19 stands at around 3.8 million.
The milestone came the same day California and New York City lifted most of their remaining restrictions, joining other states in leading the way, step-by-step, for what could be a fun and close to summer summer. normal for many Americans.
“Deep down inside, I want to be happy,” said Rita Torres, retired college administrator in Oakland, Calif. But she intends to take it slow: “Because it’s a bit like, is it too early?” Will we be sorry? “
With the vaccine arriving in mid-December, daily COVID-19 deaths in the United States have fallen to an average of around 340, from a high of over 3,400 in mid-January. Cases are around 14,000 per day on average, compared to a quarter of a million per day in winter.
The actual death toll in the United States and around the world is believed to be significantly higher, with many cases being overlooked or perhaps covered up by some countries.
President Joe Biden on Monday recognized the milestone during his visit to Europe, saying that while new cases and deaths in the United States dramatically decrease, “there are still too many lives lost” and “this no. now is not the time to let our guard down. “
The most recent deaths are seen in some ways as particularly tragic now that the vaccine has become practically available on demand.
More than 50% of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while more than 40% are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But demand for vaccines in the United States has dropped dramatically, leaving many places with excess doses and casting doubt on whether the country will meet Biden’s goal of having 70% of American adults at least partially vaccinated. by July 4. The figure stands at just under 65%.
A week ago, the United States averaged about 1 million injections per day, up from a high of about 3.3 million per day on average in mid-April, according to the CDC.
At nearly every turning point in the epidemic, the virus has exploited and deepened inequalities in the United States. CDC figures, adjusted for age and population, show that blacks, Latinos and Native Americans are two to three times more likely than whites to die from COVID-19.
Additionally, an Associated Press analysis found that Latinos die much younger than other groups. Hispanics between the ages of 30 and 39 died five times more than whites in the same age group.
Overall, black and Hispanic Americans have less access to medical care and are in poorer health, with higher rates of illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure. They are also more likely to have jobs deemed essential, less able to work from home, and more likely to live in overcrowded multigenerational households.
As the overall situation improves rapidly, California, the most populous state and the first to impose a coronavirus lockdown, has abandoned state rules on social distancing and capacity limits at restaurants, bars, supermarkets, gymnasiums, stadiums and other venues, inaugurating what has been billed as its “grand reopening” just in time for summer.
Disneyland opens its doors to all tourists after allowing only California residents. Fans will be able to sit shoulder to shoulder and cheer without a mask during Dodgers and Giants games.
Governor Gavin Newsom celebrated by hosting a raffle in which 10 people won $ 1.5 million each just for getting vaccinated.
In New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that 70% of adults in the state had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and he announced that the immediate easing of many restrictions will be celebrated with fireworks.
“What does 70% mean? This means that we can now return to life as we know it, ”he said.
He said the state is lifting rules that had limited the size of gatherings and required certain types of businesses to follow cleaning protocols, take people’s temperatures or screen them for symptoms of COVID-19. Businesses will no longer have to restrict the number of people they can allow indoors based on the 6 foot rule.
For now, however, New Yorkers will have to continue to wear masks in schools, subways and some other places.
Massachusetts officially lifted the state of emergency that had been in effect for 462 days on Tuesday, although many restrictions have already been relaxed, including mask requirements and limits on gatherings. Kansas Republican lawmakers decided to let the state of emergency expire on Tuesday. And the governor of Maryland has announced that the emergency there will end on July 1, with the state no longer requiring masks.
The first known deaths from the virus in the United States were in early February 2020. It took four months to reach the first 100,000 deaths. During the deadliest phase of the disaster, in the winter of 2020-21, it took a little over a month to go from 300,000 to 400,000 deaths.
As the crisis subsided, it took nearly four months for the death toll in the United States to drop from half a million to 600,000.
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