The number of people who died in the United States due to COVID-19 in 2021 surpassed the number of deaths from COVID-19 in 2020, according to Johnson Hopkins University in the United States, health medicine portal WebMD reported on the 22nd (local time).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 771,000 deaths in the United States due to COVID-19. In 2020, the number was about 385,000, but this year, it has already surpassed 386,000.
The number of deaths is expected to continue to rise over the next few weeks, as 30 of the 50 US states have reported a resurgence of confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to US political media ‘The Hill’. The average daily number of new cases nationwide has again exceeded 90,000.
The states hit hard at the beginning of the pandemic had the highest per capita COVID-19 deaths in 2020, according to a recent Wall Street Journal analysis. North Dakota, South Dakota, New Jersey and New York had the highest mortality rates per 100,000 people.
The states with the highest mortality rates this year were the Southern states, which have been hit hard by the spread of delta mutations. Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee had the highest deaths this year, the newspaper reported.
Vermont has the lowest death rate from COVID-19 per 100,000 people since the outbreak began, according to the WSJ. Vermont is also the state with the highest percentage of completion of the COVID-19 vaccine by the second phase, with 72%.
Mississippi had the highest death rate since the epidemic began, the newspaper reported. Mississippi has the lowest vaccination completion rate at 47%.
Most of the deaths this year are still the elderly, but the number of young people has also increased. About 81% of COVID-19 deaths last year occurred among people 65 years of age or older. This year, that number has fallen to 69%. The number of deaths under the age of 45 in 2021 more than doubled this year compared to last year.
According to a WSJ analysis last month, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 worldwide by June this year reached 1.88 million, exceeding the number of deaths in the year of 2020 by 1.88 million. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, as of the 22nd, the number of deaths from COVID-19 worldwide exceeded 5.1 million.
By Han Gun-pil, reporter [email protected]
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