The United States has surpassed 600,000 deaths due to COVID-19, the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported Tuesday. The count spans from the start of the pandemic 15 months ago.
While the numbers of new COVID-19 cases and daily deaths in the United States have been steadily declining over the past few weeks, the milestone is a stark reminder of the toll the pandemic has taken and continues to claim.
U.S. President Joe Biden acknowledged the impending milestone on Monday, saying that while new cases and deaths are declining dramatically in the U.S., “too many lives are still being lost,” and that now is not the time to wake us up. do not make.
In the UK, meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the government will push back its “roadside exclusion” by almost four weeks – from June 21 to July 19 – on which all COVID-19-related restrictions would be lifted.
In a conversation with reporters, Johnson said the decision is based on an increase in COVID-19 infections caused by the delta variant of the virus in certain parts of the country. He said July 19 would be an end date that would enable the country to proceed with the full reopening.
Racial inequalities in COVID deaths
Meanwhile, The Associated Press reports that it has discovered data showing how the pandemic exposed wide-ranging racial inequalities in the US.
In a story published by the AP on Monday, it is said that white Americans, where race is known, account for 61% of all COVID-19 deaths, followed by Hispanics with 19%, Blacks with 15% and Asian Americans with 4 % figures that follow with each group’s share in the US population as a whole.
However, the news agency said an analysis of data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that Indians, Americans and Blacks are two to three times more likely than whites to die from the disease after being adjusted for age differences in the population. The AP also found that Spaniards die at much younger ages than other groups – 37% of Spanish deaths were among people under 65, compared to 30% for blacks and 12% for whites.
According to the AP, Blacks and Hispanics generally have less access to medical care and are weaker, with higher diabetes and high blood pressure. They are less likely to work from home and more to do work that is considered ‘essential’ and to live in overcrowded, multigenerational households, where working family members are more likely to expose others to the virus.
An analyst from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-partisan health policy research organization, told the AP that the high mortality rate COVID-19 among blacks and Hispanics is strongly in line with the low vaccination rates among the groups.
According to Tuesday afternoon, the United States posted 600,159 deaths from nearly 33.5 million total infections, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.