Covid-19 has killed nearly 51,000 people in California, which on Wednesday became the first state to suffer 50,000 coronavirus-related deaths, according to the NBC News census.
The state has seen more than 3.5 million infections, a statistic that also leads the nation based on raw numbers. California is also the most populous state with about 40 million people.
As of Wednesday night, more than 48,000 deaths had been reported in New York State and more than 42,000 in Texas, according to NBC News.
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Part of the increase in reported deaths in California on Wednesday came from Los Angeles County, which announced 806 deaths that were not initially reported to be related to Covid-1
The county health ministry said the deaths came after extensive checks on death records and occurred during a big jump from Dec. 3 to Feb. 3.
During the wave, not all deaths were reported to the department due to the volume of records, officials said. A later review of the life records, which listed the causes of death, found them, it said. There are already more than 9,700 deaths reported from December to January, the statement said.
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“It’s heartbreaking to report this large number of additional Covid-19 deaths and a devastating reminder of the horrific casualties the winter tide has taken on so many families in the county,” said Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County Public Health Director. , said in a statement.
New daily reports of Covid-19 have been falling across the country in recent weeks, but health experts say the number is still very high.
The nation suffered 500,000 deaths on Sunday. As of Wednesday night, the United States had registered more than 28 million cases, according to NBC News.