Oct 1 (Reuters) – The United States surpassed 700,000 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, as officials roll out booster doses of vaccines to protect the elderly and people working in high-risk professions.
The country has reported an average of more than 2,000 deaths per day over the past week, accounting for about 60% of the peak of deaths in January. a Reuters analysis of the displayed public health data.
The United States still leads the world in COVID-19 cases and deaths, accounting for 19% and 14% of all reported infections and deaths, according to the Reuters tally. Globally, the pandemic is expected to exceed 5 million deaths.
The highly communicable Delta variant has driven an increase in COVID-19 cases that peaked in mid-September before falling to the current level of around 117,625 cases per day, based on a seven-day moving average.
That is still way above the 10,000 cases per day that America’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has said that it takes getting there to end the health crisis.
While national hospitalization numbers have declined in recent weeks, some states, particularly in the south of the country, are defying that trend to record a record. big climbs, putting pressure on health systems.
US President Joe Biden received a booster shot on Monday, hoping to provide an example for Americans on the need to get the extra shot even when millions are left without the first.
While scientists are divided on the need for booster injections When so many people in the United States and other countries remain unvaccinated, Biden announced the push in August as part of an effort to beef up protection against the highly communicable Delta variant.
About 56% of the US population has been fully vaccinated, and about 65% received at least one dose, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New York hospitals on Monday began firing o suspend health workers for challenging a state vaccination order, while a federal judge ruled in favor of an Ohio private healthcare provider who had ordered vaccinations for his staff.
Vaccination rates in some parts of the Midwest and South are below those of the Northeast and parts of the West Coast, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicating a divide between rural and urban areas of the country.
Reporting by Shaina Ahluwalia, Lasya Priya M and Roshan Abraham in Bengaluru; Edited by Jane Wardell
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