Pandemic's deadliest month in US ends with signs of progress

Virus Outbreak Seattle Hospitals
Posted at 3:09 PM, Feb 01, 2021

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The deadliest month of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. has drawn to a close with certain signs of progress: COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are plummeting, while vaccinations are picking up speed.

The question is whether the nation can stay ahead of the fast-spreading mutations of the virus.

The U.S. death toll has climbed past 440,000, with over 95,000 lives lost in January alone.

Deaths are running at about 3,150 per day on average, down slightly, by about 200, from their peak in mid-January.