More people died in Alabama in 2020 than were born due to the pandemic, officials say

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In Alabama, more people died in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic than were born, a top state health official said.

Alabama continues to fight the virus that has left the world struggling for the past year and a half. During a news briefing on Friday, Dr. Scott Harris, an Alabama Health Officer, shared the terrifying statistic.

"This past year, 2020, is going to be the first year that we know of in the history of our state where we actually had more deaths than births," Harris said.

"Our state literally shrunk," he said, attempting to emphasize what he just shared.

The data that Harris spoke of showed that in the state, 64,714 people died in 2020 while only 57,641 were born, he said. While state health department data showed that the state had 54,109 deaths in 2019 while there were 58,615 births.

State data also showed that 7,182 people in Alabama died due to COVID-19 in 2020, and the total number of COVID-19 deaths reached 13,209 as of Saturday.