COVID death toll reaches 150000 in US

Grant Boone
July 30, 2020

Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa follow behind the United States for total cases, but while Brazil likewise follows for the highest number of confirmed cases it is followed by the UK, Mexico, Italy and India for the largest death toll.

This means one person in the country died about every minute from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. While health experts predict the number to rise in the coming weeks, the US has admitted for the first time that it was slow in recognizing the COVID-19 threat from Europe. The pandemic has killed at least 660 787 deaths in the world since the end of December, according to a report drawn up by the Agence France-Presse from official sources Wednesday.

The reported deaths from the virus in India, however, mark a far lower fatality rate than in the other two countries.

The US remains the worst-hit country with over 4.4 million infections, while its death toll exceeds 150,700.

Florida commercial pilot Rob Koreman, 50, of Fort Lauderdale, said he had been stunned by the climbing numbers in his state. Deaths have been ticking upwards for five straight weeks as the Coronavirus spread into new regions, with deaths averaging more than 1,000 each day.

President Donald Trump - who has since stopped his daily press briefings from the White House - has yet to make a comment on Wednesday's landmark.

Trump has since come around to supporting masks.

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As of midnight Wednesday, samples had been collected from more than 4 million people in the scenic port city in Liaoning province and a second round of tests was being launched targeting people living in what have been categorised as high-risk areas.

"Basically, none of this should have happened".

The WHO has said that young people could be behind recent spikes in coronavirus cases in Europe.

Experts say the true number of cases around the world could be up to 10 times higher than what official data shows, due to widespread testing shortages during the early stages of the pandemic.

In its latest statement on July 14, the IHME said its model now projects the United States death toll at more than 224,000 by November 1; it said many fatalities could be avoided by preventative measures such as masks and social distancing.

"Use of masks is up, but not as high as it should be".

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