September 20, 2021 – For the first time in the famous history of Alabama, the deaths of the state exceeded its births — a grim consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our state has literally shrunk by 2020,” said Scott Harris, MD, the Alabama State Health Officer. news conference. “It has not happened before, and it was not even close.”
According to the available data, which dates from the early 1900s, this phenomenon was not even seen during the flu pandemic of 1918, or the First World War or the Second World War.
There were 64,714 deaths in the state last year, compared to 57,641 births, Harris said.
Only 40% of Alabama Residents was fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Harris points to the disturbing statistic that 1 in 500 people in the US died of COVID-19 – which he calls an ‘astonishing number’ – and notes that although the US has less than 5% of the world population, for more than 15% of deaths.
“Most days we still reported double-digit deaths,” he said.
COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to increase. According to federal data, the US has seen more than 10,000 COVID-related deaths in 1 week. Some of the highest death tolls have been seen in Texas, Georgia and North Carolina.
The average daily death toll in the US COVID-19 exceeded this past weekend for the first time since March 1, 2000, according to a New York Times database.
Texas and Florida together account for more than 30% of deaths.