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ATLANTA – The United States has reached 300,000 deaths due to COVID-19.

Less than a month ago, the United States reached 250,000 deaths.

The new death number comes on the day the first vaccine for the virus arrives.

The country reached 100,000 deaths on May 27, but did not surpass 200,000 deaths for another four months.

300,000 is roughly the population of the City of Tampa in Florida.

In Massachusetts, that would be the entire cities of Worcester and Cambridge. Framingham is roughly 75,000 people.

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In August, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned the death toll in the United States from the coronavirus could hit 300,000 by the end of 2020 depending on how the American people respond to the virus. That number was reached on December 14, 2020.

Since the pandemic began, the United States has had 16.3 million cases of the COVID-19, leading the world.

India is second with 9,884,100 cases, and Brazil third with 6,901,952 cases.

Brazil is second in the world with deaths at 181,000+

The United States is averaging 64.5 cases per day per 100,000 people, according to the CDC.

Massachusetts has 279,574 cases of the virus and 11,098 deaths.

Framingham has had 4,100 cases and 162 deaths.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.