In less than a year since the first reported case, COVID-19 has killed one in 1,000 people in the United States.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, as of Saturday afternoon, there were 331561 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus in the country. The US Census Bureau estimates the population now stands at around 330750,000.
Almost 19 million people have been infected with the coronavirus in the United States. The number of infections in the United States is the highest in the world – more than the two second- and third-ranked countries, India and Brazil, combined.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first confirmed infection in a patient in Washington state on 20 January. The first death from the coronavirus in the country came just days later, on 6 February in California. In May, the death toll was 100,000. Six months later, it was 200,000 deaths. Mortality rates have risen since November – the next 100,000 deaths were reported just 11 weeks after that, on 14 December.
A recent analysis published by The COVID Tracking Project found that during the first three weeks of December, “America saw more deaths from COVID-19 than in any other month of the pandemic.