US Covid-19 fatalities surpass 1918 flu estimates

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People wearing face masks are seen at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, the United States, on Dec. 23, 2020. (Photo by Ting Shen/Xinhua/ians)

US Covid-19 deaths have surpassed 675,000, the estimated US fatalities from the 1918 influenza pandemic.

As of Monday evening, 675,446 Americans were killed due to Covid-19, Xinhua news agency reported, citing a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

The total Covid-19 cases in the country were over 42 million.

The fatalities are expected to continue to rise as the country is currently experiencing another wave of new infections, fueled by the fast-spreading Delta variant.

“The number of reported deaths from Covid in the US will surpass the toll of the 1918 flu pandemic this month. We cannot become hardened to the continuing, and largely preventable, tragedy,” tweeted Tom Frieden, the former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on September 13.

The 1918 flu killed an estimated 675,000 Americans, according to the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention. It was considered America’s most lethal pandemic in recent history up until now.

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