US tops 900,000 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic persists

There have been 60,500 deaths in the last 28 days alone, Johns Hopkins University says.

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The US has surpassed 900,000 deaths from COVID-19.

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The US has reached the grim milestone of 900,000 deaths from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. Those deaths arose from 76.2 million confirmed cases of COVID in the US during the pandemic.

The news comes less than two months after the US hit 800,000 deaths, meaning over 100,000 people in the US have died since Dec. 15. The last 28 days alone have seen more than 60,500 deaths in the US and 17 million cases, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

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Globally, there have been more than 5.7 million deaths and 390 million cases. In the last 28 days, there have been over 236,000 deaths and 87.6 million confirmed cases globally.

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