Over 450,000 people in the United States have died after contracting COVID-19 so far in 2021, according to the news service, which added that the total accounts for 57 percent of all U.S. deaths from the illness since the pandemic started.
The news comes exactly two years after a cluster of patients in Wuhan, China begin to experience shortness of breath and fever, according to the CDC Museum COVID-19 Timeline. The small cluster of infections were all cases connected to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, the timeline adds.
Chinese authorities would later identify and isolate the then-novel coronavirus as the causative agent of the outbreak.
The 2021 death toll in the U.S. had already surpassed the 2020 total in November. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that the total number of deaths involving COVID-19 in 2020 was 385,343.
The U.S. also ranks the worst in terms of per capita deaths from COVID-19 when compared to other G7 countries in the period between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30, according to the Reuters analysis.
Data show that the U.S. accounts for 14 percent of all reported COVID-19 deaths and 19 percent of cases worldwide. The country is set to soon surpass 50 million cases.
The data also show that the United States has some of the highest deaths per capita when compared with wealthy countries that have access to vaccines, Reuters said. The death rate in the country is three times higher than Canada and 11 times higher than Japan.