United States surpasses 700,000 Covid deaths: Johns Hopkins
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Deaths in the United States from Covid-19 topped 700,000 on Friday, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University, a toll roughly equivalent to the population of the nation’s capital, Washington.
The grim threshold comes with an average of more than 1,000 deaths per day, in a country where 55.7% of the population is now fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After a heavily criticized early response to the pandemic, the United States has since staged one of the most effective vaccine deployments in the world.
But it nonetheless finds itself having recorded the highest number of deaths in the world, far surpassing other pioneers such as Brazil and India, and facing a resurgence of cases due to the importance of the Delta variant. very contagious.
As the last global wave of coronavirus peaked in late August, the virus continues to spread rapidly, particularly in the United States.
The vaccination campaign launched by the American authorities in December – which had reached a peak in April, with sometimes more than four million injections per day – has meanwhile slowed considerably.
Masking remains a political problem across much of the country, dividing many Americans. Some Republican governors, like those of Texas and Florida, have sought to ban mandatory masking in their states, citing individual freedoms.
The Democratic state of California, on the other hand, announced on Friday that vaccinations against Covid will be mandatory for all students.
In Washington, hundreds of thousands of white flags fluttered on the grass of the National Mall, not far from the White House, as grim reminders of those who died of Covid in the United States.
Nearly 4.8 million people worldwide have died since the epidemic began in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally from official sources.
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