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Number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States as of December 4, 2020, by state

As of December 4, 2020, there have been over 276 thousand deaths related to COVID-19 in the United States. There have been 34,775 deaths in the state of New York, more than any other state in the country – New York is also one of the states with the highest number of COVID-19 cases.

The search for a treatment continues

The World Health Organization launched an international clinical trial to test whether a selection of new and existing drugs could slow the progression of COVID-19 or improve patient survival. At the start of July 2020, the trials of lopinavir/ritonavir and hydroxychloroquine were stopped as results showed little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalized patients when compared to standard therapy. Further studies of the two drugs continue, and they may yet prove to be effective treatments for non-hospitalized patients.

Vaccine a step closer thanks to research groups

Chinese authorities shared the genetic sequence to the novel coronavirus in January 2020, allowing research groups to study how it invades human cells. The surface of the virus is covered with spike proteins, which enable it to bind to human cells. Once attached, the virus can enter the cells and start to make people ill. The spikes are of particular interest to drug manufacturers because they may hold the key to preventing viral entry.

Number of deaths from coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States as of December 4, 2020, by state

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Release date

December 2020


United States

Survey time period

As of December 4, 2020, 4:45 am ET

Supplementary notes

"Other" includes cases repatriated from cruise ships and cases identified in veteran hospitals, the US military and federal prisons.

For further information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit our dedicated Facts and Figures page.

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