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Arkansas governor 'working hard' to overcome vaccine hesitancy amid COVID-19 surge

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This is How Many People Have Died From COVID-19 in Each State

Since the first death attributable to COVID-19 was reported in the United States on Feb. 29, 2020, an estimated 600,406 Americans have died — and that number still continues to grow.

Adjusting for population, no state has reported more coronavirus deaths than New Jersey. Since the pandemic began, New Jersey has reported a total of 26,473 deaths — or 297 for every 100,000 people. Per capita deaths attributable to the virus are also high in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Arizona. In each of these places, the death rate stands at at least 251 per 100,000 people.

For context, the national COVID-19 death rate stands at 184 deaths for every 100,000 people.

To date, Hawaii has reported the fewest coronavirus deaths on a per capita basis. There have been an estimated 36 COVID-19 deaths across the state for every 100,000 people since the pandemic began.

Though it is not always the case, states with higher than average COVID-19 deaths per capita are often also home to larger high-risk populations. One such group is retirement-age Americans, who are at least 90 times more likely to die from the virus if infected than those in the 18 to 29 age group. Nationwide, 16.5% of the population fall into that age group.

And now, inoculations against the coronavirus are well underway in the United States, which will inevitably contribute to a reduction in the death rate.

All COVID-19 data used in the story is current as of July 7, 2021.

Britain's trade minister to meet US counterpart on free trade threats

LONDON (REUTERS) – Britain’s International Trade Minister Liz Truss will discuss how to tackle threats to free and fair trade with United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai during a five-day visit to the US from Sunday (July 11).

“I’m visiting the US to build on the progress we’ve already made on tackling market-distorting practices that threaten the future progress and prosperity we can make around the world through free and fair trade,” Ms Truss said.

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Gareth Southgate tells England fans their ‘support and energy has given us a huge lift’

England manager Gareth Southgate has told fans their “support and energy has given us a huge lift” as his team prepares to take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

In a video message released with hours to go before kick-off at Wembley, he thanked fans for their “incredible support”, adding: “We hope you’ve enjoyed watching us play.”

“We know now we’ve got to deliver for you so we’ll be doing everything we can,” he said.

Fauci urges people to put politics aside to get vaccinated as 'nasty' delta variant rages

Unvaccinated individuals should put politics aside and get vaccinated to protect themselves from the highly transmissible and “nasty” delta variant Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday.

“What we’re trying to do is to just put politics aside, this is no time for politics. This is a public health issue and viruses, and public health don’t know the difference between a Democrat and Republican or an Independent,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease told ABC “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos.

A recent ABC News/ Washington Post poll found that 93% of Democrats said they were vaccinated or planning to get vaccinated, while only 49% of Republicans said the same.

The delta variant was present in at least 51% of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. between June 20 and July 3, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At least 25 states have seen an uptick in coronavirus cases as vaccination rates dropped to their lowest point since January, averaging 600,000 daily administered doses this past week compared to an average of 1 million administered doses the week prior.

This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

Arkansas governor 'working hard' to overcome vaccine hesitancy amid COVID-19 surge

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday that he and his administration are “working hard” to overcome vaccine hesitancy as cases of the delta variant surge across his state.

“We’re working very hard to go to that population (ages 30-54) … and overcoming the hesitancy,” he told ABC “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos.

“We want all the help we can,” he added. “We want to have our churches involved, we want to have our communities, organizations.”

Missouri and neighboring Arkansas lead the nation with the highest weekly case rates per capita, which translates into more than 100 per 100,000 residents. New COVID-19 hospital admissions also rose 30% over the same two-week span, and front-line workers have said patients are becoming sicker more quickly.

Top health officials have been warning for weeks that unvaccinated people have a high risk of contracting the delta variant of the virus, which was first identified in India and has since spread to more than 100 countries, including all 50 U.S. states. The variant is now dominant in the U.S. and is more transmissible than the original form of the virus, according to the CDC.

As of Sunday, 48.2% of American adults have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

ABC News’ Lauren King contributed to this report.

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