Death toll from the coronavirus in the US hit 200,000 Tuesday, in accordance with knowledge from Johns Hopkins University. This is by far the highest in the world.
“It is completely unfathomable that we’ve reached this point,” mentioned Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public well being researcher, eight months after the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation, with its state-of-the-art laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medical provides.
The variety of useless is equal to a 9/11 assault every single day for 67 days. It is roughly equal to the inhabitants of Salt Lake City or Huntsville, Alabama, in accordance with AP information.
And it’s nonetheless climbing. Deaths are working at near 770 a day on common, and a broadly cited mannequin from the University of Washington predicts the U.S. toll will double to 400,000 by the finish of the yr as colleges and faculties reopen and chilly climate units in. A vaccine is unlikely to grow to be broadly out there till 2021.
“The idea of 200,000 deaths is really very sobering, in some respects stunning,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the authorities’s high infectious-disease skilled, mentioned on CNN.
Brazil is No. 2 with about 137,000 deaths, adopted by India with roughly 89,000 and Mexico with round 74,000. Only 5 international locations — Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Spain and Brazil — rank greater in COVID-19 deaths per capita.
“All the world’s leaders took the same test, and some have succeeded and some have failed,” mentioned Dr. Cedric Dark, an emergency doctor at Baylor College of Medicine in hard-hit Houston. “In the case of our country, we failed miserably.” Read extra at AP