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Michigan has the highest death rate in the US from those getting coronavirus — as the state continues to be divided by bitter protests over strict stay-at-home orders, data shows.
While it has far fewer overall cases than either New York or New Jersey, the Wolverine state had seen more than 4,000 deaths as of Saturday — a fatality rate of 9.13 percent, according to WWMT.
That puts it a full percentage point higher than the second-worst state — Connecticut — and far worse than most of the rest of the US, where the fatality rate for those infected is 5.88 percent, the site said.
Most of the fatal cases appear to be centered in poverty-stricken areas of Detroit, according to the data — with surrounding counties accounting for at least 70% of cases, and 81% of deaths, according to the data.
The startling figures come as the state continues to be divided by some of the most bitter protests against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s lockdown after declaring a state of emergency.
Last week, hundreds of angry demonstrators — some armed with rifles — stormed the State House, terrifying lawmakers who wore bulletproof vests to protect themselves. »