COVID-19 deaths top 500,000 globally, U.S. tops the list

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The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over — with the number of coronavirus deaths surpassing 500,000 on Sunday. The U.S. alone tops the chart at over 125,000 COVID-19 deaths according to John Hopkins data.

This data serves as a reminder that the first wave of the pandemic is far from over, despite a rush in the U.S. to return to business as usual. Some of the hardest hit states include New York and New Jersey, with over 31,000 nearly 15,000 deaths respectively.

Upward trends

New York and New Jersey were hit hard earlier this year and have since taken steps to decrease coronavirus spread and flatten the curve. While New York has also seen the most COVID-19 deaths, they’ve also seen the most recovered — over 70,000.

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut recently issued a joint mandatory quarantine for anyone traveling into the three states from states with a high infection rate to try to mitigate spread from out-of-staters.

Other states are currently seeing surges in COVID-19 infections with upward trends in many states, including Florida, Arizona, Massachusetts, Texas, and South Carolina among others.