While the rate of growth for confirmed cases in the country slowed to an all-time low, the number of single-day fatalities topped all other causes of death in the United States.
According to Johns Hopkins University, 1,941 people died from the novel coronavirus Tuesday, April 7. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease killed an average of 1,774 people per day in 2017, and cancer killed an average of 1,641 people per day.
Charts based on CDC data from assistedlivingfacilities.org show COVID-19 is the seventh leading cause of death since March 1. The website calculated the estimated number of lives lost due to other diseases. This ranked it just above diabetes and below Alzheimer's disease.
Looking at the entire year, it is unlikely COVID-19 will kill more people than cancer and heart disease. However, upper projections estimate the virus will kill more people than accidents. Lower estimates project it will kill less people than Alzheimer's this year.
The good news
While deaths appear to be spiking in the U.S., the growth rate of confirmed cases continues to decline. Confirmed cases in the U.S. grew to 396,221 on Tuesday, an 8.1% increase.
That's down from a high of 30.77% on March 27.