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The United States passed another grim milestone on Tuesday, as the country topped 800,000 COVID-19 related deaths.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, by Wednesday morning, a total of 800,343 people had died in the country after contracting the virus.
As the world continues to battle the ongoing pandemic, here’s a look at how Canada compares.
According to the Johns Hopkins University tally, Canada currently sits in the 27th spot for COVID-19 fatalities, with 30,022 deaths reported as of Wednesday morning.
Canada has seen significantly fewer COVID-19 related fatalities when compared to the U.S., the U.K., and France and Germany who sit in the first, seventh, twelfth and fourteenth spots, respectively.
Health Canada data suggests that, as of Dec. 10, the majority (61.6 per cent) of COVID-19 related deaths in Canada have occurred among those aged 80 or older.
Individuals aged 70 to 79 account for 20.9 per cent of COVID-19 fatalities in Canada.
The majority of the COVID-19 related fatalities occurred during the first two waves of the pandemic, before vaccines were widely available.
Deaths plateaued in the summer of 2020, but began increasing again by the winter.
Data gathered by the Public Health Agency of Canada between Dec. 14, 2020, and Nov. 27, 2021, showed that of 10,325 fatalities reported, 7,861 were among those who were unvaccinated.
The agency stated that 12 of 13 provinces and territories have offered case-level vaccine history data for the national dataset.
The agency said 752 of the deaths occurred in those who were not yet protected, meaning they had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine less than 14 days earlier.
Another 731 of the fatalities reported to PHAC during that time period were among those partially vaccinated.
People wear face masks as they walk through a market in Montreal, Sunday, November 28, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)
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