Confirmed US Coronavirus Deaths Surpass 600,000

The Wall Street Journal reports:

The number of confirmed U.S. deaths from Covid-19 surpassed 600,000 on Tuesday. The milestone follows a significant slowdown in all Covid-19 metrics after a winter surge that reached every corner of the country and strained healthcare systems. Since the rollout of highly effective vaccines, deaths have plummeted, recently reaching their lowest point since March 2020.

Fatalities in the U.S. peaked in mid-January, when the seven-day average of reported deaths was around 3,300 a day, up from a rate of 1,100 just two months earlier, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. The seven-day average, which helps smooth out states’ irregular reporting schedules for Covid-19 data, has been below 1,000 deaths since early April, and below an average of 500 deaths since the beginning of June. On Monday, it stood at 343.

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The real number is believed to be much higher.