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US Reports More Than 1,000 COVID-19 Deaths on Tuesday

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The United States reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, equating to around 42 fatalities an hour, according to a Reuters tally, as the Delta variant continues to ravage parts of the country with low vaccination rates.

Coronavirus-related deaths have spiked in the United States over the past month and are averaging 769 per day, the highest since mid-April, according to the Reuters tally.


US Life Expectancy Falls to 77.3 Years, Lowest Since 2003

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US life expectancy at birth fell by a year and a half in 2020 to 77.3 years — the lowest level since 2003, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data published on Wednesday.

Overall, the US had its largest one-year decline since World War II, when life expectancy fell 2.9 years between 1942 and 1943, provisional data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) showed.


COVID-19 Death Rates Surging in Southeast Asia

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Indonesia has converted nearly its entire oxygen production to medical use just to meet the demand from COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe. Overflowing hospitals in Malaysia had to resort to treating patients on the floor. And in Myanmar’s largest city, graveyard workers have been laboring day and night to keep up with the grim demand for new cremations and burials.

Images of bodies burning in open-air pyres during the peak of the pandemic in India horrified the world in May, but in the last two weeks the three Southeast Asian nations have now all surpassed India’s peak per capita death rate as a new coronavirus wave, fueled by the virulent delta variant, tightens its grip on the region.


HHS Inspector General Finds Nursing Home Deaths Up 32% in 2020

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Deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes soared by 32% last year, with two devastating spikes eight months apart, a government watchdog reported Tuesday in the most comprehensive look yet at the ravages of COVID-19 among its most vulnerable victims.

The report from the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services found that about 4 in 10 Medicare recipients in nursing homes had or likely had COVID-19 in 2020, and that deaths overall jumped by 169,291 from the previous year, before the coronavirus appeared.


US COVID-19 Deaths Hit 600,000 — Equal to Annual Cancer Toll

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The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 600,000 on Tuesday, even as the vaccination drive has drastically brought down daily cases and fatalities and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom and look forward to summer.

The number of lives lost, as recorded by Johns Hopkins University, is greater than the population of Baltimore or Milwaukee. It is about equal to the number of Americans who died of cancer in 2019. Worldwide, the COVID-19 death toll stands at about 3.8 million.


One in Five Americans Has Suffered Loss of Relative or Close Friend to Coronavirus

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By LAURAN NEERGAARD, HANNAH FINGERHUT and MARION RENAULT

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 1 in 5 Americans say they lost a relative or close friend to the coronavirus, highlighting the division between heartache and hope as the country itches to get back to normal a year into the pandemic.

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research illustrates how the stage is set for a two-tiered recovery. The public’s worry about the virus ha...


NY Governor Cuomo Faces Growing Calls To Resign From Democratic Lawmakers

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Following New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s refusal to resign after new sexual harassment allegations arose, a growing number of the state’s Democratic lawmakers are questioning his ability to effectively govern the state.

On Sunday, State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins called on the Democratic governor to step down, saying the controversies surrounding Cuomo are “drawing away from the business of government.”


NY Governor Cuomo's Aides Interfered With Nursing Home COVID-19 Death Reporting

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Embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing more allegations over his administration’s handling of nursing home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, Cuomo’s top advisors pushed the state health department to remove data from a public report in July 2020 on those fatalities in order to hide the true number of virus-related deaths.


President Biden Mourns 500,000 Lives Lost to COVID-19

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With sunset remarks and a national moment of silence, President Joe Biden on Monday confronted head-on the country’s once-unimaginable loss — half a million Americans in the COVID-19 pandemic — as he tried to strike a balance between mourning and hope.

Addressing the “grim, heartbreaking milestone” directly and publicly, Biden stepped to a lectern in the White House Cross Hall, unhooked his face mask and delivered an emotion-filled eulogy for more than 500,000 Americans he said he felt he knew.


US Coronavirus Death Toll Nears Once-Unthinkable Tally of 500,000 People

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The U.S. stood Sunday at the brink of a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus.

A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost was about 498,000 — roughly the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and just shy of the size of Atlanta. The figure compiled by Johns Hopkins University surpasses the number of people who died in 2019 of chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer’s, flu and pneumonia combined.


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