Washington: The number of Covid related deaths in the US now stands as high as it was did during the peak of the Delta variant, a figure that experts believe is likely to rise.
Statistics have shown that on an average the United States is witnessing over 2,000 Covid related deaths everyday which is roughly at par with the number of deaths seen in late September.
A large number of the deaths are among those older than 65 years or are unvaccinated. So far, more than 866,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the US.
Currently hospitals in the US are reporting many more cases due to the virus than there were back then, due to much higher case loads. In fact the average daily number of new Covid cases in the US far surpasses previous waves.
Experts told the BBC that the high death toll now is largely due to high hospitalisation rates, even if the symptoms of the Omicron variant are less severe than those of Delta but more transmissible and it is leading to an exponential number of severe cases and deaths.