COVID-19 third leading cause of U.S. deaths in 2020

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COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2020, after heart disease and cancer, according to provisional data released on Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC).

CNN reports that the death rate from 2019 to 2020 increased by 15.9%, going up from 715.2 to 828.7 deaths per 100,000 people.
The early data showed that the top 10 leading causes of death in 2020 were: Heart disease, Cancer and COVID-19
Researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics analyzed death certificate data from the National Vital Statistics System, taking a close look at deaths among US residents between January and December of 2020.

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“COVID-19 was the third leading underlying cause of death in 2020, replacing suicide as one of the top 10 leading causes of death,” the researchers wrote in the report. Suicide previously was the 10th leading cause of death but was bumped off the list for 2020 as deaths due to Covid-19 climbed.
The researchers found in their report that about 3.36 million deaths occurred last year. Covid-19 was reported as the underlying cause or a contributing cause of death for nearly 378,000 — or about 11.3% — of those deaths. The data showed that heart disease caused 690,882 deaths and cancer caused 598,932 deaths.