February 29, non-existent in 2021, marks the one-year anniversary of the first recorded U.S. death from COVID-19. The disease's first victim was from Washington state near Seattle, an early hotspot of the coronavirus in the U.S.
One year after Americans started dying from COVID-19, the U.S. has surpassed 500,000 deaths and also features seventh among the nations with the most coronavirus deaths per 100,000 people.
Even higher on the list is the United Kingdom with more than four million confirmed cases as of February 28, along with 183.5 deaths per 100,000 of its inhabitants. Belgium, Czechia and Slovenia had the three highest totals per 100,000 of the population with 192.2, 190.6 and 183.7, respectively, according to Johns Hopkins University.
It is important to keep in mind that countries measure these statistics differently. For example, the UK only includes deaths where people tested positive for COVID-19. A more recent overview, including other countries, is freely accessible here.