COVID has killed 1 in 1,000 people in US — less than a year after first reported case

COVID-19 has killed just over 1,000 people in the United States, just over eleven months since the first case was reported.
According to the Johns Hopkins University, there were 331,561 confirmed coronavirus deaths in the nation as of Saturday afternoon. The US Census Bureau estimates the population is currently around 330,750,000.
Almost 19 million people in the United States have been infected with the deadly coronavirus.
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The number of infections in the United States is by far the highest in the world - more than the two countries with the second and third highest rates, India and Brazil, combined.
The grim milestone comes less than a year after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first confirmed infection with the virus in a patient in Washington state on Jan. 20.
The first coronavirus-related death in the country occurred a few days later, on February 6, in California.
Infections and deaths slowed down in the summer but have increased again recently.
The death toll in May was 100,000. Six months later, the country exceeded 200,000 deaths. Death rates have accelerated since November - the next 100,000 deaths were reported just 11 weeks later on December 14.
A recent analysis published by the COVID Tracking Project found that the first three weeks of December "saw more COVID-19 deaths ... than any other month in the US pandemic".
During this period, an average of 2,506 people died in the country. In April, "when the country was still affected by the initial surge in the pandemic, an average of 1,842 deaths were reported daily."
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