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To many Americans, it may seem like the coronavirus pandemic is essentially over. But since Thursday, “more people have died from COVID-19 already this year than in the whole of 2020”, The Wall Street Journal reports – more than 1.884 million in the first six months of 2021, up from 1.880 million in 2020, according to official figures counted by Johns Hopkins University. And while COVID-19 deaths in the United States have declined 90% since their peak in January, hundreds of Americans still die from the coronavirus every day.
Deaths are not distributed evenly around the world, either – Europe and North America accounted for 72% of daily deaths at the start of 2021, and now over 75% of daily deaths occur in South America, in Asia and Africa, the Newspaper reports – or inside the United States The main determining factor who lives and dies now, in the world and in the United States, is vaccination.
“More than half of the American population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and it is the remaining unvaccinated population that is responsible for the persistent deaths,” The New York Times reports, citing experts and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The share of older Americans began to decline as soon as they became eligible for the vaccine, and the largest declines in deaths were among whites 75 and older and Asian Americans under 30. group that accounted for one-third of deaths in the United States in December, the Time reports.
Nursing homes still account for about 7 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the United States, even though those deaths have fallen more than 90 percent since December, the Time reports. Geographically, “although there is no longer a large epicenter, death rates are still high in small pockets across the country.” Learn more about who still dies from COVID-19 in the United States, and view illustrative graphics, at The New York Times.