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Covid updates: Biden ups weekly vaccine shipments; 'variants of concern' have U.S. officials on edge

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Over half a million people have died in the United States due to Covid-19, more than any other country. The pace of new deaths in the U.S. appears to be trending lower but is still high. The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington projects the U.S. death toll could reach 571,000 to 616,000 total deaths by June 1. On a per-capita basis, the U.S. death toll only trails the U.K., Czech Republic, Italy and Portugal.

Here are some of the biggest developments Tuesday:

The U.S. is recording at least 70,200 new Covid-19 cases and at least 1,900 virus-related deaths each day, based on a seven-day average calculated by CNBC using Johns Hopkins University data.

The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:

  • Global cases: More than 111.97 million  
  • Global deaths: At least 2.48 million
  • U.S. cases: More than 28.23 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 502,005