NBC News’ tally showed that around 500,001 people had died of Covid-19 on Sunday afternoon. The number of dead rivals for the population of Atlanta or Sacramento, California.
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More than 28,206,600 cases have been confirmed in the United States, according to NBC News. California, the most populous state, is particularly hard hit: 3,527,641 confirmed cases and 49,110 deaths on Sunday.
However, the average number of new cases every day has decreased in the last few days. The number fell below 100,000 for the first time in months on February 12.
However, public health experts and senior government officials have stated that precautions must be taken to slow the spread of the virus.
“We still have about 100,000 cases a day. We still have about 1,500 to 3,500 deaths a day. The cases are over two and a half times what we saw in the summer,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said “Meet the Press” on NBC’s Sunday.
“It is encouraging to see these trends falling, but they come from an extraordinarily high place,” added Walensky.
CORRECTION (February 21, 2021, 3:50 p.m. ET): An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the US coronavirus fatality of around 500,001 more than doubled the number of Americans killed in action during World War II. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says there were 291,557 deaths in World War II, a number that if doubled would exceed 500,001.