US Covid-19 deaths dip below 300 a day for first time since March last year

US Covid-19 deaths dip below 300 a day for first time since March last year
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Daily US Times: Deaths from Covid-19 in the US have dipped below 300 a day for the first time since March last year during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Data from federal sources also showed the drive to get vaccinated at home approaching an encouraging milestone: 150 million Americans fully vaccinated.

President Joe Biden was however expected to fall short of his commitment to shipping 80 million Covid-19 vaccine doses abroad by the end of June, because of regulatory and other hurdles.

The White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters getting the shots shipped was proving to be “a Herculean logistical challenge” – which the administration has been unable to meet.

The US death toll from coronavirus stands at more than 601,000. The worldwide count is close to 3.9 million. The real figures in both cases are believed to be much higher.

About 45% of the US population has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 53% of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, the CDC also said on Monday.

New coronavirus infections are at about 11,400 a day, down from more than 250,000 in early January during the most recent US surge of coronavirus.

US deaths from Covid-19 per day are down to 293, according to Johns Hopkins University, after topping out at more than 3,400 in mid-January.

According to the CDC, the Covid-19 was the third-leading cause of death in the US in 2020, behind heart disease and cancer.

Now CDC data suggests more Americans are dying every day from chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents and strokes or Alzheimer’s disease than from Covid-19.

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