On Tuesday, the United States surpassed the grim milestone of 200,000 deaths from COVID-19. According to Reuters estimates, an average of 800 people die from the coronavirus in the United States every week. This is below the peak of 2,806 deaths per day recorded on April 15.
The University of Washington Institute of health predicts that by the end of the year, the number of Americans who have died from the coronavirus will reach 378,000, and in December, the daily death toll will potentially rise to 3,000 a day. According to the U.S. Centers for disease control and prevention (CDC), more than 70 percent of those who died due to the virus were over the age of 65. Last week, the number of deaths increased by 5 percent after unchanged figures, which were recorded four weeks in a row.
Six out of every 10,000 residents of the United States have died from COVID-19, one of the highest rates among developed countries. Recall that in the first months of the pandemic, the figure of 200 thousand deaths was considered by many to be the maximum number of lives that can be lost in the United States due to the virus. “The figure of 200,000 deaths is really very sobering and in some ways staggering,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading U.S. expert on infectious diseases, told CNN.
On Monday, us President Donald trump said he had done a “phenomenal job” to combat the pandemic, which has infected nearly 6.9 million Americans. “This is practically nobody’s business right now. This is an amazing thing, ” trump told supporters at a rally in Swanton, Ohio. The head of the White house admitted that at an early stage he downplayed the danger of the coronavirus, because he did not want to “create panic”.
Six weeks before the November 3 election, trump trails democratic rival Joe Biden nationally in all major opinion polls and goes hand-in-hand in States that could decide the outcome of the vote. Trump’s actions in the fight against the pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn have eroded his credibility among many voters. Biden, who often wears a mask, on Tuesday called the figure of 200,000 deaths in the United States “a staggering number that is difficult to comprehend.” “This pandemic has taken a huge human toll – and we can’t forget it,” he wrote on Twitter.