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COVID-19 pushed total US deaths beyond 3.3 million last year

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A new report says U.S. deaths last year topped 3.3 million, the nation’s highest annual death toll. That includes about 375,000 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report Wednesday. COVID-19 was the third leading cause of U.S. deaths in 2020, after heart disease and cancer.

Overall, the year’s death rate was up nearly 16% compared to the previous year.

The COVID-19 death rate was highest among Hispanic people.

In a separate report, the CDC said its review of death certificates confirms the accuracy of the death count for COVID-19.

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