US Covid Death Count Crosses 6,00,000, New York Drops Curbs

  • US Covid Death Count Crosses 6,00,000, New York Drops Curbs

US Covid Death Count Crosses 6,00,000, New York Drops Curbs

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

The majority of states across the US have seen their positive COVID cases decrease as more Americans get vaccinated, but there are still a handful of states with infection rates on the rise.

Behind Vermont, just 13 states and the District of Columbia have so far gotten at least one dose to at least 70% of their adult residents.

"We have more work to do to beat this virus and now's not the time to let our guard down", said President Joe Biden on the sidelines of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meetings in Brussels, Belgium, urging people to get vaccinated. And now's not the time to let our guard down.

"We will continue to maintain close communication with the Japanese side and look forward to the smooth arrival of the vaccines in Taiwan as soon as possible", the island's foreign ministry said in a statement.

In New York city - where more than 33,000 died from Covid - life took a major step forward as nearly all restrictions were lifted.

Of these states, only Hawaii (52%) has a high vaccination rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These eight states have an average vaccination rate per state of 43%, according to USA Today, which is well under the 70% goal set by President Biden for the nation by July 4.

Almost four months have passed since US 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.

Just over 52 percent of the United States population, or 174 million people, have already received at least one dose of one of the three vaccines authorized in the country, according to health officials. By comparison, it had only taken one month for the country to go from 400,000 to 500,000 deaths.

On Monday, the CDC joined other public health organizations around the world in classifying the so-called Delta variant, first spotted in India, as a "variant of concern", instead of merely a "variant of interest".

Health authorities are trying to convince more people to get the shot by increasing vaccination sites and helping people access to them in partnership with private companies that can provide transport or childcare.