US has topped 200,000 COVID-19 deaths—and many more to come


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A medical technician wearing protective gear handles a dead body wrapped on a stretcher.
Zoom in / Carrier Morgan Dean Macmillan attends the body of a COVID-19 victim at a mortuary in Montgomery County, Maryland, on April 17, 2020.

The death toll in the United States from COVID-19 Topped 200,000 Tuesday as daily reports of new cases still hovered around 40,000 and daily deaths in the 1970s.

The grim milestone of 200,000 people is tantamount to the death toll from the 9/11 attacks that happen daily for 66 days. It’s also equivalent to losing the entire population of Salt Lake City, Utah, or nearly as many residents of Rochester, New York. Covid-19 killed more people in the United States than the number of Americans killed in The latest five combined wars (The Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, the War in Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf War).

By mid-afternoon Tuesday afternoon, the death toll from COVID-19 had already reached 20,541 deaths, resulting from more than 6.88 million cases. While these numbers are based on data from state health authorities, the actual death toll is expected to be much higher.

“The idea of ​​200,000 deaths is very realistic, and in some ways astounding,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s chief infectious disease expert and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on CNN.

In terms of preliminary numbers, the United States has the highest death toll in the world, followed by Brazil with 137,000 deaths and India with nearly 89,000. Per capita, Only five countries have higher mortality rates: Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Spain, and Brazil.

Fatalities and cases are expected to continue to rise. According to a widely cited model, the death toll is estimated to be as high as in the United States 378,000 by January 1, 2021That’s an additional 178,000 in just over three months.

In an interview with Detroit TV on Tuesday, President Trump boasted of doing “an amazing” and “incredible” work in dealing with the pandemic.

Worldwide, there were more than 31 million cases and nearly 967,000 deaths.


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