The death toll in the USA has climbed past 440,000, with over 95,000 lives lost in January alone.
The first month of 2021 turned out to be the deadliest month yet of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.
According to an Associated Press report, deaths are running at about 3,150 per day on average, down slightly by about 200 from their peak in mid-January.
“While the recent decline in cases and hospital admissions are encouraging, they are counterbalanced by the stark reality that in January we recorded the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in any month since the pandemic began,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Meanwhile, more than 32.2 million doses have been administered in the U.S., according to the CDC. That is up from 16.5 million on the day President Joe Biden took office, 20 Jan.
Three mutated variants of the virus from Britain, South Africa and Brazil have been detected in the U.S.