Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000

The US has seen more deaths (currently 100,047) and infections (1.69 million) than any other country.

Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000

Image copyrightReuters
 

The US has passed 100,000 deaths in the coronavirus outbreak in less than four months.

It has seen more fatalities than any other country, while its 1.69 million confirmed infections account for about 30% of the worldwide total.

The first US infection was reported in Washington state on 21 January.

Globally there have been 5.6 million people recorded as infected and 354,983 deaths since the virus emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.

The US death toll stands at 100,276, according to Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, which has been tracking the pandemic. 

BBC North America editor Jon Sopel says it is almost the same as the number of American servicemen and women killed in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan over 44 years of fighting.

But on a per capita basis the US ranks ninth in its mortality rate behind the likes of Belgium, the United Kingdom, France and Ireland, according to the university.

What's the national picture?

Twenty states reported a rise in new cases for the week ending on Sunday, according to a Reuters study.

North Carolina, Wisconsin and Arkansas are among those seeing a steady rise in cases.

The caseload remains stubbornly high in a number of metropolitan areas, including Chicago, Los Angeles and suburban Washington DC.

Some hard-hit states are seeing a drop in death rates, including New York, where 21,000 residents have died.

During the peak of the crisis in the city, the daily death toll was in the hundreds. Hospitals were overwhelmed and makeshift morgues were built outside health facilities.

What has been the political response?

President Donald Trump has insisted that without his administration's actions the death toll would be 25 times higher, though critics have accused him of a slow response.

 

State governors have also been blamed for failing to grasp early enough the lethal threat that the virus posed to nursing homes.

Initially, the Republican president downplayed the pandemic, comparing it to the seasonal flu. Back in February he said the US had the virus "under control" and that by April it could "miraculously go away".

He predicted 50,000-60,000 deaths, then 60,000-70,000 and then "substantially under 100,000".

Mr Trump also argued this month it was "a badge of honour" that the US had the world's highest number of confirmed infections "because it means our testing is much better".

A study from Columbia University in New York suggested about 36,000 fewer people would have died if the US had acted sooner.

Joe Biden, Mr Trump's likely Democratic challenger in November's White House election, issued a message directly to grieving families on Wednesday.

"To those hurting, I'm so sorry for your loss," the former vice-president said via tweet. "The nation grieves with you."

How is the lockdown easing?

With nearly 39 million Americans out of work during the pandemic, the US is pressing ahead state by state with reopening the coronavirus-frozen economy, even as the death toll continues to tick upwards.

All 50 states have begun to ease Covid-19 rules in some form.

The world's largest theme park, Walt Disney World in Florida, has plans to begin opening on 11 July, if the state governor allows it.

Four Las Vegas casinos owned by MGM Resorts are also scheduled to reopen on 4 July. The company says employees will be tested for Covid-19 regularly.

Currently, there is no vaccine for Covid-19. There is also no confirmed treatment for the disease, but there are several being tested.

An AP-NORC poll conducted this month found just 49% of Americans said they would get a coronavirus vaccine.

What's the worldwide picture?

  • Brazil reported 1,086 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll to 25,598. The country now has 411,821 confirmed cases, second only to the US

  • In Australia, the National Rugby League competition is resuming on Thursday - but tough restrictions will be enforced on players and officials
  • In South Korea, nearly 2.4 million students returned to school on Wednesday despite a mini-surge in new daily cases
  • A recovery fund worth €750bn (£670bn; $825bn) was proposed by the EU's executive Commission. Grants and loans will be distributed among member states
  • In the UK, officials announced a massive test and trace system, which aims to find people who come into close contact with those infected
  • Cyprus pledged to cover the holiday costs of anyone who tests positive for the virusafter travelling to the Mediterranean island
  • In Ecuador, police raided the offices of the health ministry and the home of the health minister over alleged overpricing of coronavirus testing kits BBC
 
 

Other News

.
Social insurance policy - Welfare fulcrum of the people
Social insurance policy - Welfare fulcrum of the people
SOCIETYicon  01/06/2020 

On May 23, the Vietnam Social Security (VSS) and the Vietnam Post (VNPost) jointly organized the launching ceremony to respond to the month-long campaign that calls for people to participate in voluntary social insurance.

Two suffocate in Cao Bang cave
Two suffocate in Cao Bang cave
SOCIETYicon  02/07/2020 

Two people in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang have been found dead in a local cave.

International University students win prizes at University Physics Competition
International University students win prizes at University Physics Competition
SOCIETYicon  02/07/2020 

Three student teams at International University from the space engineering programme under the Vietnam National University-HCM City won prizes at the 10th University Physics Competition.

Traffic accidents in Vietnam down 19 pct. y-o-y in first half
Traffic accidents in Vietnam down 19 pct. y-o-y in first half
SOCIETYicon  02/07/2020 

The National Committee on Traffic Safety has announced that Vietnam saw a 19 percent year-on-year decline in the number of traffic accidents in the first half of this year - the biggest fall in many years.

Suspected case in HCM City negative for SARS-CoV-2
Suspected case in HCM City negative for SARS-CoV-2
SOCIETYicon  02/07/2020 

A 31-year-old man from Indonesia suspected of having COVID-19 has tested negative for the coronavirus.

A foreigner with mild COVID-19 symptoms found in HCM City
A foreigner with mild COVID-19 symptoms found in HCM City
SOCIETYicon  01/07/2020 

A foreign national has tested mild positive for SARS-CoV-2 after displaying symptoms relating to the deadly virus at FV Hospital in District 7 of Ho Chi Minh City, according to a statement issued by local health officials on July 1.

WB grants US$422 mln to higher education, urban development projects in Vietnam
WB grants US$422 mln to higher education, urban development projects in Vietnam
SOCIETYicon  01/07/2020 

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors on June 30 approved financing for two projects worth a total of US$422 million to help build a climate-resilient city in the Mekong Delta and improve the quality of Vietnam’s three national universities.

Vietnam faces highest unemployment for a decade
Vietnam faces highest unemployment for a decade
SOCIETYicon  01/07/2020 

As of June, 30.8 million people aged over 15 have been laid off, lost jobs or got fewer wages due to fewer work hours because of Covid-19, according to the Department of Employment.

Vietnam-funded high school handed over to Lao school
Vietnam-funded high school handed over to Lao school
VIETNAM & WORLDicon  01/07/2020 

The Bun Nua district High School, built from non-refundable aid provided by the Vietnamese Government, was inaugurated and handed over to Phongsaly District, Laos, 

Three cases of diphtheria reported in Kon Tum
Three cases of diphtheria reported in Kon Tum
SOCIETYicon  01/07/2020 

The Central Highlands province of Kon Tum on Monday evening reported three cases of diphtheria, bringing the total number in the province since the beginning of this year to eight.

Vietnam’s perfect response
Vietnam’s perfect response
SOCIETYicon  01/07/2020 

Vietnam response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing short of perfect, according to a survey of our readers.

Coronavirus: What's behind alarming new US outbreaks?
Coronavirus: What's behind alarming new US outbreaks?
SOCIETYicon  01/07/2020 

Cases are rising in Texas, Florida, Arizona and California - here's a look at the data and the theories.

Tehran clinic hit by deadly explosion
Tehran clinic hit by deadly explosion
SOCIETYicon  01/07/2020 

At least 19 people are killed in the Iranian capital in an explosion blamed on a gas leak.

Coronavirus: Czechs hold 'farewell party' for pandemic
Coronavirus: Czechs hold 'farewell party' for pandemic
SOCIETYicon  01/07/2020 

Thousands attended the festive event in Prague, sharing food and drink with people around them.

Hong Kong: 'Anti-protest' law kicks in as city marks handover
Hong Kong: 'Anti-protest' law kicks in as city marks handover
SOCIETYicon  01/07/2020 

Hong Kong is marking 23 years since British rule ended as a new "anti-protest" law, imposed by Beijing, comes into effect.

Three cases of diphtheria reported in Kon Tum
Three cases of diphtheria reported in Kon Tum
SOCIETYicon  01/07/2020 

The Central Highlands province of Kon Tum on Monday evening reported three cases of diphtheria, bringing the total number in the province since the beginning of this year to eight.

Mother of abandoned baby boy faces legal proceedings
Mother of abandoned baby boy faces legal proceedings
SOCIETYicon  01/07/2020 

Legal proceedings have begun against mother of a new born baby who died after he was abandoned.

Latest Coronavirus News in Vietnam & Southeast Asia July 1
Latest Coronavirus News in Vietnam & Southeast Asia July 1
SOCIETYicon  01/07/2020 

Vietnam successfully masters COVID-19 test kit technology

Vietnam invited to join in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine production
Vietnam invited to join in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine production
SOCIETYicon  01/07/2020 

World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative to Vietnam Kidong Park has said the Vaccine Alliance wants to invite Vietnam to join in research and production of vaccine against SARS-CoV-2.

All health administrative procedures now at online public services level 4
All health administrative procedures now at online public services level 4
SOCIETYicon  01/07/2020 

The Ministry of Health announced that it has completed providing online public health services level 4 for all administrative procedures under the management of the health sector after six months of implementation.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN