Death Toll From the Coronavirus Plague in America Crosses 700,000; The Truth Is That the Number of Deaths Has Been Over a Million for a While Now

UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 15: Volunteers plant white flags on the National Mall on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, for the “In America: Remember” public art installation commemorating all Americans who have died due to COVID-19. More than 640,000 white flags on 20 acres of the National Mall will be on display for two weeks. (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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