More than 700,000 Americans have now died of coronavirus, a heartbreaking pandemic milestone reached Friday — nearly six months after the COVID-19 vaccine first became widely available.
The US averaged more than 2,000 deaths a day during the last week of September, a rate which represents about 60 percent of the peak in fatalities recorded in January.
The current level of daily cases is 117,625 a day, down from a mid-September Delta variant-driven peak, but far short of the 10,000 daily cases that White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said are needed to end the pandemic.
While the surge from the Delta variant is beginning to slow down, the strain spread rampantly through unvaccinated Americans in the 3 ½ months it took for the country to go from 600,000 to 700,000 deaths.
New York City continued to be disproportionately affected by the virus overall, with more than 34,000 deaths — or about 5 percent of total US fatalities — occurring in the boroughs, government data showed.
Internationally, nearly 5 million people have been killed by COVID-19, according to health data.
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Source: New York Post