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US hits 600,000 Covid deaths, the most for any country

The US has reached a grim milestone of more than 600,000 coronavirus deaths, even as the number of lives lost and cases decreases amid with an aggressive vaccination campaign.

America’s death toll stood at 600,012 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to data from Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The US has seen the greatest number of deaths, followed by Brazil with 488,228, India with 377,031 and Mexico with 230,187. Worldwide, 3.8million people have died of Covid-19.

Just over one year ago, the US recorded 100,000 Covid-19 deaths. The US experienced about 100,000 deaths per month in the winter. Coronavirus vaccines allowed the US to begin turning a corner in the spring. The average number of deaths daily is now down to about 375 from 3,000 in January.

The impact of vaccines is evidenced by comparing the time frame between 100,000 deaths. A month passed between the 400,000 and 500,000 death toll marks. Meanwhile, reaching 600,000 deaths took almost four times as long. Daily coronavirus infections reflect a similar story, with a peak in January of 300,000 new cases a day, falling to less than 15,000 daily infections currently, according to the university.

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