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US death toll from COVID-19 hits 900,000, sped by omicron

Propelled in part by the wildly contagious omicron variant, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has hit 900,000, less than two months after eclipsing 800,000

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Propelled in part by the wildly contagious omicron variant, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has hit 900,000, less than two months after eclipsing 800,000

Highlights

  • The U.S.
  • death toll from COVID-19 has hit 900,000, less than two months after eclipsing 800,000.
  • The two-year total is greater than the population of Indianapolis, San Francisco, or Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • The milestone comes more than 13 months into a vaccination drive that has been beset by misinformation and political and legal strife, though the shots have proved safe and highly effective at preventing serious illness and death.
  • President Joe Biden lamented the milestone in a statement Friday night, saying, “The emotional, physical, and psychological weight of this pandemic has been incredibly difficult to bear” He again urged Americans to get vaccinations and booster shots.