SALT LAKE, Utah – A Salt Lake County man was added Sunday to the total of Utah residents killed by the COVID-19 virus. The state has now counted 2,224 fatalities in the world-wide pandemic that has now claimed 3.3 million lives.
The Utah Department of Health does not reveal the identity of those killed but provided data about them. The latest victim was in the 45 – 64 age group and was hospitalized at the time of his death. Currently 139 people are hospitalized, 16,361 since the start of the outbreak and 232 new cases were recorded. A full report of data released by UDOH can be found below.
The total number of cases Sunday to Sunday was 2,340, fewer than the previous week. KUTV has tracked the weekly totals in Utah since the pandemic started. Those totals can be found at the end of this story.
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More than 150 million Americans — about 57% of the adult population — have received at least one dose of vaccine, but government leaders from the Biden administration down to the city and county level are doing everything they can to persuade the rest of the country to get inoculated.
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said Friday that the federal government has dedicated $250 million for community organizations to promote vaccinations, make appointments and provide transportation.
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The United States, with 4% of the world’s population, has lost the most lives in the world by far, nearing 600,000 killed. Since the use of vaccine has become widespread, deaths and infections have plummets in the U.S. The nation counted 648 total killed Saturday. India, now the epicenter of the virus, counted 4,133 deaths yesterday and 242,398 for the whole of the pandemic behind the U.S. and Brazil’s 421,000+ killed.
India recorded 409,300 new cases yesterday, approximately the same number as the day before. With 1.4 billion people in a densely population region, the virus could be catastrophic to its population.