Grim Milestone Reached as U.S. Surpasses 500,000 Confirmed COVID Deaths

By Kevin Deutsch
kdeutsch@bronxjusticenews.com

The official death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 500,000 in the U.S. Sunday, data show, with the actual death toll likely far higher.

Globally, the coronavirus has officially killed more than 2,462,000 people, with more than 20 percent of all documented deaths occurring in the U.S. This, despite the country accounting for just 5 percent of the world’s population.

Because many recently deceased Americans were not tested for the virus, the official number of coronavirus deaths is likely a substantial undercount, experts believe.

The pace of new coronavirus infections and deaths has slowed this month as more Americans are vaccinated.

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.