United States. With more than 200,000 coVID-19 deaths, the death toll from COVID-19 in the United States on Tuesday surpassed the balance of the last five wars the country has fought in, from the bloody Vietnam War to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Shortly after 11.50 local time (15.50 GMT), the United States recorded 200,005 deaths, representing nearly a quarter of the global total of 965,893 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s independent account.
Thus, the United States remains the country with the highest deaths in absolute terms ahead of Brazil with 137,272 deaths, India (88,935), Mexico (73,697), the United Kingdom (41,877), Italy (35,738), Peru (31,369), France (31,346) and Spain (30,663).
However, pandemic deaths in the United States amount to about 60 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, below other countries such as the United Kingdom, Ecuador, Spain, or Brazil.
In cumulative numbers, New York (33,000 deaths), New Jersey (16,000 deaths) and Texas and California (15,000 deaths both) remain some of the most affected regions of the planet by the virus, which was first detected in late December in China’s Wuhan city.
In the U.S., the first case was detected on January 20 in Washington State, Northwest, where a 35-year-old man tested positive after visiting his family in Wuhan, according to government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Four months after that first case, on 27 May, the death rate exceeded the 100,000 barrier and, eight months later, the figure is 200,000.
MORE DECEASED THAN IN THE LAST FIVE WARS
That way, the cororonavirus has already killed more people than the total number of Americans who lost their lives on the battlefield during the last five wars: the Vietnam War (1955-1975), that of Korea (1 950-1953), Iraq (2003-2011), Afghanistan (2001-present) and Gulf (1990-1991).
Those five wars claimed a total of 86,658 lives, although Vietnam’s was the bloodiest with 47,434 decesses, according to the Congressional Research Service.
The current death rate of COVID-19 is also nearly double the number of American soldiers who died during World War I (1914-1918).
With 116,516 deaths, World War I is the third bloodiest conflict in U.S. history, surpassed by World War II (1939-1945), where more than 400,000 Americans died, and the Civil War (1861–1865) with 655,000 deaths, according to the Congressional Investigative Service.
As for the number of cases, the United States is already approaching 7 million with 6,861,211 confirmed infections, Johns Hopkins University details on its website.
At first, the pandemic hit cities in the east of the United States more forcefully, such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.; but in July the focus moved to the southern and western states, such as Florida, Texas, and Georgia, which were the first to reopen their economies.
By state, California, the most populous in the U.S., leads the list with 790,679 cases, followed by Texas with 733,173, while the third is Florida with 687,909, and New York fourth with 485,081.
TRUMP DOWNPLAYS THE VIRUS
Faced with this situation, US President Donald Trump has continued to downplay the disease and just last night, as the U.S. approached 200,000 deaths, he claimed that the virus «affects virtually no one» below the age of 18, something medical experts deny.
«Before we didn’t know about the disease, now we know. It affects old people, old people with heart problems and other problems. If you have other problems there is when it really affects. Know? In some states, there were thousands of people and no one young, no one under the age of 18, has a strong immune system. It affects virtually no one,» the representative told his followers last night at a rally in Ohio.
Today at a press conference, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany reted the idea that the representative doesn’t care about the pandemic and said he’s «awake at night» thinking about it.
The interim death balance sheet – 200,005 – exceeds the White House’s initial estimates, which projected at best between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from the disease.
For its part, the Institute of Health Metrics and Assessments (IHME) at the University of Washington, in whose models of predicting the evolution of the pandemic the White House is often set, estimates that for the presidenc electionsBy November 3, the United States will have surpassed 258,000 deaths and by December 31, 400,000.