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California surpasses 50,000 COVID-19 deaths, more than any other state

February 24, 2021

California’s death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 50,000 on Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: It’s the first state to record more than 50,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

  • California, the most populous state in the U.S., ranks 25th “in the number of cases per capita because of its large population,” per AP, which notes that a surge in COVID-19 deaths in the fall and winter has since eased off.

Details: Johns Hopkins’ records showing 50,890 have died of the virus in California come a day after Los Angeles County health department announced it had confirmed over 20,000 deaths from COVID-19.

  • The department noted in a statement that cases and deaths from the virus were decreasing. The county is home to 25% of the state’s 40 million residents.
  • LA County health director Barbara Ferrer said, “This virus is still easily transmitted among people in contact with each other and we must do all we can to continue the momentum of the decreases we are seeing cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Of note: On Monday, the U.S. COVID-19 death toll exceeded half a million.

Editor’s note: This a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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