NEW YORK, Feb.22 (Xinhua) – The United States reached the grim milestone of 500,000 deaths on Tuesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
By 4:24 p.m. local time (21:24 GMT), the number of cases in the country had reached 28.1 million and the number of deaths to 500,071, according to CSSE data.
California replaced New York to become the state with the highest number of deaths with 49,439. New York has recorded 46,917 deaths, followed by Texas with 42,291 and Florida with 30,065 deaths, the CSSE count indicated.
States with more than 15,000 deaths include Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Arizona.
The United States continues to be the country hardest hit by the pandemic, registering the highest number of cases and deaths. The country has more than 25 percent of global cases and more than 20 percent of deaths globally.
Last year, deaths from COVID-19 reached 100,000 on May 27, exceeded 200,000 on September 22, reached 300,000 on December 14, and 400,000 on January 19, 2021.
It took about four months to go from 100,000 to 200,000 deaths, less than three months to go from 200,000 to 300,000 and just over a month to go from 300,000 to 400,000 and also to go from 400,000 to 500,000.
An updated forecast from the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects 589,197 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States by June 1, 2021 based on the current scenario.
(Web editor: Wu Sixuan, Zhao Jian)