According to Axios website on Monday, the annual death toll in the US has reached its highest level in a century due to the COVID-19 pandemic, citing new data from the US Census Bureau. The number of deaths in 2020 was 535,000 more than in 2019.
New data show that the coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on us population, with some people fleeing big cities for cheaper or less populated places, aside from the death toll.
According to the data, deaths in the United States rose 19 percent from 2019 to 2020, after the largest increase in the previous decade was 3.3 percent in 2015. From mid-2020 to mid-2021, more than 73 percent of U.S. counties experienced natural depopulation (that is, more deaths than births), up from 56 percent in 2020 and 46 percent in 2019.
The trend is particularly pronounced in the Northeast and south, according to the Census Bureau. All counties in Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island also experienced a natural decline in 2021.