COVID Deaths Top 600,000 In The US : Coronavirus Updates

Joanna Estrada
June 16, 2021

More than 15 months since the first confirmed death due to COVID-19 in the USA, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 600,000 lives across the country.

Worldwide, the US still is reporting the greatest total deaths, followed by Brazil, India and Mexico.

Progress against the coronavirus was underlined as NY announced more than 70 percent of adults had received at least one vaccine dose and the last of the state's restrictions could be lifted.

"My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one", he said, speaking on Monday in Brussels as the Johns Hopkins University tally ticked close to 600,000.

"If we go through an global organisation, the procedures in getting approval may take time", he said. And now's not the time to let our guard down.

With vaccinations down to about 1.10 million doses per day last week - some 67% lower than the highest seven-day rate - the Biden administration and state governors have come up with all manner of incentives to get unvaccinated people to roll up their sleeves.

"More than 10,000 people are dying every day".

"It is the national goal, and we hit it ahead of schedule". What does 70 percent mean? "It means that we can now return to life as we know it".

But the country has so far vaccinated 166 million adults with at least one dose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), although the rate of shots administered has dropped significantly from a mid-April peak.

Almost four months have passed since USA topped 500,000 deaths in late February, a sign of a nationwide death rate that has slowed to levels not seen since the earliest weeks of the pandemic in March 2020.

Taiwan has millions of doses on order worldwide but supply shortages have led to delays in receiving them, with just about 4% of a population of 23.5 million having received at least one shot as it battles the spike.

Over the winter, the nation was adding about 100,000 deaths each month.

Some states have even launched lotteries which only vaccinated people can enter, with prizes of up to several million dollars.

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