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World - South America Updated: February 05, 2022

US Covid-19 Death Toll Surpasses 800,000

By Quadri Adejumo
February 05, 2022
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The United States COVID-19 death toll has hit 900,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, less than two months after the country surpassed 800,000 fatalities.

Friday’s milestone comes 13 months into a US vaccination drive that has been beset by misinformation and political strife.

Dr. Ashish K Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health said in a statement; “It is an astronomically high number. If you had told most Americans two years ago that 900,000 Americans would die over the next few years, I think most people would not have believed it.”

The death rate is about 2,400 per day on average, as the Omicron wave is easing its grip on the U.S. with new cases of COVID-19 falling in 49 of the country’s 50 states.

Records show that the U.S. has the highest reported coronavirus death toll in the world. Experts however believe that some COVID-19 deaths have been misattributed to other conditions, while some Americans are thought to have died of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes because they were unable or unwilling to obtain treatment during the crisis.

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 has become one of the top three causes of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer.

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Quadri Adejumo

Quadri Adejumo is a reporter, sports column writer, opinion and profile writer. He tweets via @...

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