FACT CHECK: Have Zero People Died From COVID-19 Recently?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook claims zero people are currently dying from COVID-19.

Verdict: False

While the number of COVID-19 deaths is lower in the U.S. now than it was during the peak of the pandemic, people are still dying from the illness.

Fact Check:

The emergence of the COVID-19 Delta variant has led many countries to reimpose restrictions such as banning travel from certain countries and setting curfews, according to The Washington Post. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued recommendations that fully vaccinated people wear masks in places with high transmission rates due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the U.S., CNBC reported.

Now, a July 26 Facebook post claims “zero people are dying” from coronavirus currently. (RELATED: Viral Image Claims The CDC ‘Will Not Be Providing Data For The Flu’ In The 2020-2021 Season)

There is no evidence, however, that no one is currently dying of COVID-19. While the number of deaths per day in the U.S. is lower than it was in January, which saw roughly 3,000 deaths a day, The Atlantic reported, people are still dying from the disease. An average of 290 people are dying each day from the illness in the U.S., according to data from The New York Times.

Reports from states’ news outlets also show that people are still dying of COVID-19. For instance, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that seven people in Utah died from COVID-19 on July 26, the same day the Facebook post was shared, and the Indianapolis Star reported 15 deaths and 1,000 new cases in Indiana on July 27.

COVID-19 deaths are being recorded around the world as well. 7,276 deaths were recorded July 26 worldwide, with over 4.1 million recorded COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic started, BBC News reported.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said during a July 20 Senate hearing that 99 percent of COVID-19 deaths were people that were not vaccinated against the illness.

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