Deaths as a result of COVID-19 have gone above 500,000 in the United States according to data collected by John Hopkins University.
This news comes as the US roles out vaccines implementation across all states, and as COVID-19 infection rates fall to their lowest levels in February. At the time of writing, the US currently has 28,222,180 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 501,091 deaths.
Public health officials have urged citizens to exercise caution despite declines in COVID infection rates, with Dr. Anthony Fauci telling Meet the Press that “we aren’t out of the woods yet”. Dr. Rochelle Walensky noted that while cases are declining, they are falling from very high infection rates, noting that the US was still seeing about 100,000 cases daily.
The worldwide COVID-19 death toll currently sits around 2,462,000 or more. The US has accounted for one fifth of the COVID deaths despite have less than 5 percent of the world’s total population.