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Fauci on COVID-19 fight: US has “done worse than most any other country”

As the United States nears 500,000 COVID-19 deaths, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Good Morning America on Monday that the U.S. has “done worse than most any other country” in the battle against the coronavirus, despite being a “highly developed, rich country.”

“It’s so tough to just go back and try and, you know, do a metaphorical autopsy on how things went. It was just bad. It is bad now,” Fauci told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos.

The U.S. has by far the highest death toll, with at least 498,901 lives lost, followed by Brazil with 246,504 fatalities, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. is expected to reach the grim 500,000 death milestone on Monday, which Fauci called a “stunning figure.”

“Rather than looking back and saying, ‘What the heck happened here?'” Fauci said, he urged Americans to “be completely committed as a unified country to just go at this together.”

Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections, deaths and vaccinations.

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 111,505,707
Global deaths: 2,468,411.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 498,901.
Number of countries/regions: at least 192
Total patients recovered globally: 62,900,272

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 28,134,954 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 498,901.  California has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 49,345.
U.S. total people tested: 340,620,767

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 3,531,846 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  This ranks second in the world after England, which has 3,605,373 cases.  Texas is third, with 2,600,871 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 29 million.

Latest reported COVID-19 vaccination numbers in the United States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a total of 75,204,965 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S.  Of those, 63,090,634 doses have been administered, with 43,628,092 people receiving one or more doses, and 18,865,319 people receiving two doses. The Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, which are the two most prevalent in the U.S., each require two doses to be effective.

HHS: COVID-19 hospital admissions decrease by 19%

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released Sunday, COVID-19 hospital admissions have decreased by 19% since the previous week.

The U.S. also continues to see a five-week, downward trend in new cases, which has resulted in a 73% decline in the 7-day average since the peak on January 11, 2021.

But despite the improving country-wide trends, some major cities still have high confirmed COVID-19 hospital admissions  — more than 10 per 100 beds in the last week. These cities include Atlanta, GA (16); Louisville, KY (15); Riverside, CA (11); and Miami, FL (11).

Meanwhile, Italians commemorated a grim anniversary this weekend: Sunday marked one year since the country’s first known COVID-19 death.

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