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October 26, 2021
The U.S. coronavirus death toll has crossed 700,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, just as the surge of the Delta variant is slowing down.
The spread of COVID-19 has slowed down, with the US averaging around 1,900 deaths per day. 5,463 is the highest number of deaths in one day in the US. “As these cases come down, the most important thing that we can do is continue to practice the mitigation strategies that we know work,” Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a press briefing [US News].
The decrease in case numbers could also be due to the virus having burned through susceptible people and running out of fuel in some places [CBS News]. “It’s good news that we’re starting to see a turning around of the curve and coming down,” Fauci said.
New York City continued to be disproportionately affected by the virus overall, with more than 34,000 deaths — or about 5 percent of total US fatalities — occurring in the boroughs, government data showed.
Internationally, nearly 5 million people have been killed by COVID-19, according to health data. Health officials believe that this will continue to slow down if everyone is following mask and vaccine procedures going forward [New York Post].
ARTICLE: DANI EGAN
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