Latest coronavirus: California death toll surpasses 50,000 after Los Angeles undercount
California has become the first U.S. state to confirm 50,000 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic after reporting a record one-day increase of more than 1,000 deaths.
Another 1,114 deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus, the state health department revealed on Thursday.
The record one-day increase was due to an undercoverage of deaths in hard-hit Los Angeles, where officials said extensive checks of death registries had identified 806 coronavirus-related deaths that were not initially registered as such. “The majority of these deaths occurred during the outbreak between December 3, 2020 and February 3, 2021,” LA Public Health mentionned.
In total, that brought the death toll in California to 50,991. Almost 21,000 of them were in Los Angeles County, where hospital resources and emergency services were. stretched thin during the winter wave
This represents about 10% of all Covid-19 deaths in the United States in the year since the first confirmed death in the country. The death toll in the United States crossed 500,000 Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University, and is now at 506,500.
Adjusted for population, California’s death toll equates to approximately 129 deaths per 100,000 population. It is the 28th highest in the United States, according to a Financial Times analysis of data from the Covid Tracking Project.
California took a more encouraging step on Thursday, with the health department revealing that it had administered more than 8 million doses of the vaccine, which is more than any other state in absolute terms.
California, the most populous US state, administered 19,933 vaccines per 100,000 population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of February 24. It is the 28th highest rate among US states.
The California Department of Health reported an additional 4,965 cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections since the start of the pandemic to 3.46 million.
The number of people with coronavirus currently in state hospitals has risen to 6,520. This is the lowest number of patients since November 24, just before Thanksgiving.
California is one of several states in recent weeks to revise coronavirus deaths or the number of cases. Processing death certificates in Virginia has seen the state, over the past five days, revise its death toll by about 10% to more than 7,800. Ohio earlier revealed “about 4,000” deaths that were not initially registered, bringing its death toll at the time to around 16,300.