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U.S. surpasses 600,000 deaths to due COVID-19
Updated: 2021-06-16 09:54:05 KST
According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, the number of Americans who have died from COVID-19 has surpassed 600-thousand, just 15 months since the start of the pandemic.
Just over a year ago, the country had 100-thousand confirmed deaths from the virus, but saw a massive spike over the winter.
To put things into perspective, the death toll in the U.S. alone makes up over 15-percent of the entire world's official tally.
The death toll is also now more than 200 times higher than the number of lives lost during the September 11th attacks, and is quickly approaching the total number of American deaths recorded as a result of the 1918 influenza pandemic.
While the U.S. is reporting significantly lower virus deaths compared to January, the latest grim milestone is a sobering reminder that hundreds of Americans are still dying each day, despite its shift to new norms.
Despite fully vaccinating over 57-percent of all adults, the UK has been experiencing a resurgence.
With 7,673 cases reported on Tuesday, the UK has now seen more than 7-thousand cases daily for seven straight days.
While the high vaccination rate has meant fewer deaths, the country has delayed fully lifting restrictions that had previously been set for June 21st.
Brazil has also been seeing a resurgence, reporting over 40-thousand cases in the past 24 hours.
However,.. despite more than 26-percent of the population being fully vaccinated, the country is also seeing a surge in virus-related deaths.
According to health experts, the country is expected to see 12 to 16-thousand deaths this week alone.
Brazil has so far reported over 17-million cases, and is quickly approaching half a million COVID-19 deaths.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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