US Covid deaths hit 1m, a death toll higher than any other country

Virus has laid bare America’s fragmented healthcare system and corrosive racial and socioeconomic inequality

More than one million people have died in the Covid-19 pandemic in the US, far and away the most deaths of any country.

While the sheer number of deaths from the coronavirus sets the US apart, the country’s large population of 332.5 million people does not explain the staggering mortality rate, which is among the highest in the world.

This article was amended on 16 May 2022 to correct that Johns Hopkins has not yet estimated one million deaths in the US as originally stated. Other sources are currently reporting the figure. Other figures were also updated to reflect the latest findings.

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