1500 US Covid-19 deaths a day as South hit by Delta variant

Daily deaths from Covid-19 in the US have risen above 1,500 for the first time since March as the Delta variant takes its toll mainly in the poorly vaccinated South.

The fatality rate is four times what it was a year ago with more than one fifth of victims in Florida, where the state’s leadership is trying to prevent masks being mandated in schools. Florida reported 5,721 deaths in August, exceeding the previous monthly high of 5,469 deaths in January before vaccines were widely available.

Cases are rising across the US but northern states with higher vaccination rates have not had the same rise in deaths. Alabama’s top health official warned that “there is no room to put these bodies” while a central Florida hospital