A citizen poses for a photo at the Walltown of Remembrance in Walltownship, New Jersey, where a stone with the name of a person who has died from COVID-19 is affixed on the 27th (local time). Walltownship | AP Yonhap News
The number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S., which began vaccinating in December last year, has surpassed the number last year.
The New York Times (NYT) reported on the 24th (local time), citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC, as of the 23rd, there were 386,233 corona deaths this year, exceeding 385,347 last year. The share of deaths from COVID-19 among all deaths in the United States increased from 11% last year to 13% this year. With more than a month left until the end of the year, the New York Times predicts that the total number of deaths this year will rise further as local health officials will take time to report coronavirus deaths to the CDC.
Experts have diagnosed the increase in coronavirus deaths as a result of a combination of factors, including low vaccination rates, easing of mask wearing and social distancing, and the highly contagious delta mutation. In the United States, 195.97 million people have been vaccinated, or 59% of the total population. This is the lowest ratio among the seven major countries (G7).
Experts warn that many Americans perceive COVID-19 as endemic and do not view it as a crisis. Jennifer Noujo, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health and Safety, said:
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the White House’s chief medical adviser, told Reuters, “The decline in vaccine immunity over time occurs in all age groups. The overwhelming majority of those need to receive a booster shot,” he said.
The United States has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world. According to Worldometer, an international statistical site, as of the 24th (GMT), the cumulative number of COVID-19 infections and deaths was 48,95,581 and 79,7993, respectively.