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

A new report says U.S. deaths last year topped 3.3 million, the nation’s highest-ever 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. And COVID-19 displaced suicide as one of the top 10 causes of death. 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.