U.S exceeded this Friday 900 thousand deaths confirmed by COVID-19, a figure that comes after the rise in infections by the omicron variant and only two months after the 800,000 deaths were exceeded, according to the independent count by Johns Hopkins University.
At 5:00 p.m. on Friday, the university accountant recorded a total of 900 thousand 334 deaths from the virus since the pandemic began in the US, the country that has registered the most deaths from COVID in the world.
The number of infections exceeds 76 million, also the highest figure in the world, followed by India and Brazil.
The grim milestone comes at a time when COVID-19 infections have dropped in recent weeks, although cases remain high compared to other times of the pandemic and there is an upward trend in deaths.
This same Friday, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, celebrated what he described as a “drastic decline” in infections, although he asked to remain on alert.
Indeed, the weekly average of new cases in the United States has dropped from almost 790 thousand from last January 12 to around 378 thousand this Wednesday, February 2, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
However, cases are still much higher in the country than before the omicron variant arrived: in early December, the weekly average of new infections was around 100 thousand.
At the previous height of the pandemic in the United States, in January 2021, that average was no more than 250 thousand, according to CDC data.
Hospitalizations are also falling, although they remain at one of their highest levels in the entire pandemic, with a weekly average of about 133,000, indicates the tracking of the “New York Times”.
And the current trend in deaths is upward: The weekly average is 2,400, double the number in mid-December, according to the CDC.
That surge worries experts because it’s so much more pronounced than in other developed countries: Americans are now dying from COVID at a daily rate almost double that of the British and four times that of Germans, an analysis in “The New York” noted this week. YorkTimes”.
In all these countries there are more citizens vaccinated and with booster doses than in the United States, where barely 64% of the population is immunized with two doses and only the 42% of those who could get a third dose have done so, according to the CDC.