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U.S. to surpass grim milestone of 200,000 COVID-19 deaths

By Sangameswaran S



FILE PHOTO: A nurse wipes away tears as she stands outside NYU Langone Medical Center on 1st Avenue in Manhattan as New York police came to cheer and thank healthcare workers in New York City, New York, U.S., April 16, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar


(Reuters) - The death toll from the spread of coronavirus in the United States was approaching over 200,000 lives on Monday, more than double the number of fatalities in India, the country reporting the second-highest number of cases in the world.


The United States, on a weekly average, is now losing about 800 lives each day to the virus, according to a Reuters tally. That is down from a peak of 2,806 daily deaths recorded on April 15. (Graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/2ZH76z6)


During the early months of the pandemic, 200,000 deaths was regarded by many as the maximum number of lives likely to be lost in the United States to the virus.


Earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump defended his handling of the crisis. He admitted to playing down the danger of the coronavirus early on because he did not want to "create a panic."


With barely six weeks left before the election on Nov. 3, Trump is behind Democratic rival Joe Biden nationally in every major opinion poll and is neck and neck in key swing states. Trump's handling of the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn has battered his standing among many voters.


Trump has frequently questioned the advice of scientific experts on everything from the timing of a vaccine to reopening schools and businesses to wearing a mask. He has refused to support a national mask mandate and held large political rallies where few wore masks.


U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield recently told Congress that a face mask would provide more guaranteed protection than a vaccine, which would only be broadly available by "late second quarter, third quarter 2021."


Trump refuted the timeline for the vaccine and said that it may be available in a matter of weeks and ahead of the Nov. 3 election. On Friday he said he expects all Americans to have a vaccine by April.


Biden, who often wears a mask and has said he would require masks nationwide, has warned against a rushed release of a vaccine, saying, "Let me be clear: I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don't trust Donald Trump."


The CDC currently predicts that the U.S. death toll will reach as high as 218,000 by Oct. 10.


The University of Washington's health institute is forecasting coronavirus fatalities reaching 378,000 by the end of 2020, with the daily death toll skyrocketing to 3,000 per day in December.


Over 70% of those in the United States who have lost their lives to the virus were over the age of 65, according to CDC data https://bit.ly/32C1doQ.


The southern states of Texas and Florida contributed the most deaths in the United States in the past two weeks and was closely followed by California.


California, Texas and Florida - the three most populous U.S. states - have recorded the most coronavirus infections and have long surpassed the state of New York, which was the epicenter of the outbreak in early 2020. The country as a whole is reporting over 40,000 new infections on average each day.


As it battles a second wave of infections, the United States reported a 17% increase in the number of new cases last week compared with the previous seven days, with deaths rising 7% on average in the last, according to a Reuters analysis.


Six out of every 10,000 residents in the United States has died of the virus, according to Reuters data, one of the highest rates among developed nations.


Brazil follows the United States in the number of overall deaths due to the virus, with over 136,000 fatalities.



-- © Copyright Reuters 2020-09-21
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Initially Trump said it was 15 cases and would be gone by Easter.   While he said he had been informed by medical experts otherwise.   Trump’s lies have consequences.   O

only 200,000 dead?  well, it is what it is.   fortunately the science-denier-in-chief has more important things on his agenda than dead americans!  he's got a full plate doing important pres

Donald must be proud to be #1 at something at least as he holds his mass infection rallies this wasent my idea of (winning) are you tired of it?I certainly am

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Having "culled" so many in the first round, this upcoming flu season will in all likelihood not see a repeat of the past one. That is about all that will prevent a repeat. Government intervention will achieve nothing as was the case this year. 

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15 minutes ago, Venom said:

Initially they predicted between 2-3 million! 

That’s if trumps surrender herd immunity or (mentality) lol ya can’t make this stuff up lol anyway I digress is allowed to run it’s course it works out to around 2.4 million dead Americans tired of winning yet?

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But let us not forget that under normal conditions, in years gone past, around 2 million people would have died this year in U.S. due to the normal death cycle. Flu has existed for a long time and is not going to go away. Get used to it and avoid people who are showing obvious signs of it 🙂

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Ten years for the US in Vietnam was a cake walk compared to this! Unfortunately the Vietnamese suffered immensely while the Chinese have not even had to endure a slap on the wrist!



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14 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

The death toll from the spread of coronavirus in the United States was approaching over 200,000 lives on Monday, more than double the number of fatalities in India, the country reporting the second-highest number of cases in the world.

About 10% of what they originally anticipated right, 200,000, not 2 million but no one is saying that are they.


They keep pushing the numbers of deaths and infections. I would be interested to know if they are also recording how many deaths and infections that have happened with the influenza and pneumonia for the same time frame, obviously they won't be recording infections because apparently they don't spread like Covid-19, but would be interesting to know of the deaths.


You see I recall when someone died the CDC and the WHO said if they had any symptoms of Covid even if they had other underlying conditions, they said put it down as Covid and no autompsies, strange that.

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That little virus has set human economy ' check mate ' . Either the economy is collapsing or the people . No way out ... even if a working vaccine is developed , it will take a long , long time ...

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