The US death toll from COVID-19 was 600,000 Tuesday, even as the vaccination campaign has drastically reduced the daily number of cases and fatalities and allowed the country to come out of the gloom and look forward to summer.
The number of lives lost, as recorded by Johns Hopkins University, is greater than the population of Baltimore or Milwaukee. It is roughly equal to the number of Americans who died of cancer in 2019. Worldwide, the death toll stands at about 3.8 million.
The milestone came on the same day that California and New York lifted most of their remaining restrictions and, along with other states, step by step paved the way for what could be a fun and almost normal summer for many Americans.
“Deep down, I want to rejoice,” said Rita Torres, a retired college administrator in Oakland, California. But she plans to take it easy: ‘Because it’s a bit, is it too early? Will we be sorry?”
With the vaccine’s arrival in mid-December, the number of COVID-19 deaths per day in the US has fallen to an average of about 340, from a high of more than 3,400 in mid-January. The number of cases averages about 14,000 per day, down from a quarter of a million per day in winter.
The actual death toll in the US and around the world is believed to be significantly higher, with many cases being overlooked or possibly hidden by some countries.
President Joe Biden acknowledged the impending milestone on Monday during his visit to Europe, saying that while new cases and deaths are falling dramatically in the US, “too many lives are still being lost,” and “now is not the time to let our vigilance go.” slacking off.”
The most recent deaths are seen as particularly tragic in some respects now that the vaccine has become practically available for demand.
More than 52% of all Americans have had at least one dose, while nearly 44% have been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But demand for injections in the US has fallen dramatically, leaving many places in excess of doses and raising doubts about whether the country will meet Biden’s target of having at least partially vaccinated 70% of all adults by July 4. just under 65%.
A week ago, there were an average of about 1 million injections per day in the US, up from a high of about 3.3 million per day on average in mid-April, according to the CDC.
With nearly every twist in the outbreak, the virus has exploited and exacerbated inequalities in the United States. CDC figures, adjusted for age and population, show that black, Hispanic and Native American people are two to three times more likely than whites to die from COVID-19.
Also, an Associated Press analysis found that Latinos die at a much younger age than other groups. Hispanic people between the ages of 30 and 39 died five times as often as whites in the same age group.
In general, black and Hispanic Americans have less access to medical care and are in poorer health, with more conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. They are also more likely to have jobs deemed essential, less able to work from home, and more likely to live in busy, multi-generational households.
With the general picture improving rapidly, California, the most populous state and the first to impose a coronavirus lockdown, has dropped social distancing rules and capacity limits in restaurants, bars, supermarkets, gyms, stadiums and other places, marking ushered in what has been billed as the “Grand Reopening” just in time for summer.
Disneyland is opening its gates to all tourists after allowing only California residents. Fans can sit elbow to elbow and cheer without masks at Dodgers and Giants games.
In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that 70% of adults in the state have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and he announced the immediate easing of many of the restrictions will be celebrated with fireworks.
“What does 70% mean? It means we can now return to life as we know it,” he said.
He said the state is lifting rules that limited the size of gatherings and some types of businesses were required to follow cleaning protocols, take people’s temperatures or screen them for COVID-19 symptoms. Businesses no longer have to limit how many people they can let in based on the 6-foot rule.
For now, however, New Yorkers will have to continue wearing masks in schools, subways, and certain other places.
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Massachusetts officially lifted the state of emergency on Tuesday, although many restrictions had already been relaxed, including mask requirements and restrictions on gatherings.
The first known deaths from the virus in the US were in early February 2020. It took four months to reach the first 100,000 deaths. During the most deadly phase of the disaster, in the winter of 2020-21, it took just over a month to go from 300,000 to 400,000 dead.
With the crisis easing, it took nearly four months for the US death toll to jump from half a million to 600,000.