The daily average COVID-19 related deaths in the United States touched their highest point since March 2021 and crossed the 2000 mark this week, according to US media reports citing a COVID tally maintained by Johns Hopkins University.
The fatalities in the United States have experienced a sharp surge in the past week, ramping up by 13%. The country recorded such figures on March 1 earlier this year, according to reports from CNBC. However, data suggest that new infections of COVID-19 have started to flatten.
In January 2021, the United States recorded one of the worst daily average deaths with the number reaching as high as 3,426.
States like Texas and Florida are reporting one of the highest daily deaths in the United States and also, when combined, make up nearly 33% of the nationwide average. The lone star state is reporting 283 COVID-19 related deaths while Florida recorded a daily average of 376, CNBC reported.
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However, when considered on a population-to-death ratio, states like Alabama and West Virginia are also recording steep numbers.
COVID-19 officially became the deadliest pandemic ever recorded in the United States earlier this week on Monday as the total death toll surpassed the one recorded in the 1918 influenza outbreak.
The Delta variant-led fourth COVID-19 wave in United States seems to be ebbing, but the possible emergence of mutations coupled with the onset of colder weather remains a concern.
The Joe Biden administration has announced a slew of measures to boost the vaccination campaign. It is also waiting for a nod from Federal Drug Administration(FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines for added immunity.
CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky cited new data that showed that people who had not been vaccinated were 4.5 times more likely than the fully vaccinated to get infected, over 10 times more likely to be hospitalized and 11 times more likely to die.