Coronavirus: Total US COVID-19 deaths on par with Spanish flu pandemic

The United States hit yet another grim milestone on Monday when cumulative deaths attributed to the coronavirus surpassed 675,000.

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According to The Associated Press, the latest figures mean that about as many Americans have died from COVID-19 as the 1918-19 Spanish influenza pandemic.

By Monday night, the nationwide COVID-19 death toll stood at 676,059, or roughly 14% of the nearly 4.7 million reported globally to date, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

By comparison, the 1918-19 influenza pandemic killed 50 million victims globally at a time when the world had one-quarter the population it does now, the AP reported.

Meanwhile, the 44,898 U.S. virus-related deaths reported in the past 28 days account for more than 17% of the nearly 260,000 global COVID-19 deaths reported during the same four-week period, Johns Hopkins data indicated.

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While the delta-fueled surge in infections may have peaked, U.S. deaths are running at over 1,900 a day on average, the highest level since early March, the AP reported.

During the nation’s winter peak, the U.S. averaged 1 million new cases every four days, and the current infection rate is approaching that same pace. Meanwhile, the rate of virus-related fatalities dropped off substantially immediately following the February rollout of COVID-19 vaccines nationwide, but the death toll appears on track to reach 700,000 about four months after reaching 600,000, mirroring the four months it took for virus-related fatalities to increase from 500,000 to 600,000, according to Johns Hopkins data.

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-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.