The United States surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 deaths, almost a year after the first was reported. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S.s top infectious disease doctor, called the number “almost unbelievable.”
While 88 days passed from the first death, Feb. 29, 2020, to 100,000, it will take just over a month for the toll to rise from 400,000 to half a million. But fatalities have slowed dramatically: The U.S. reported 1,904 deaths Saturday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. The week’s daily average is almost a 40% decrease from that of the previous week.