With death toll on the rise, the November election will be in part a referendum on Trump’s handling of the pandemic.
This Tuesday the United States broke the ceiling of the 200 thousand deaths from coronavirus, a planetary record. Far from touching that long-awaited “peak of the curve”, the number of deaths at this rate would reach 400 thousand at the end of the year, turning the next November election, in part, into a referendum on how Trump handled the pandemic.
“It is completely incomprehensible that we have reached this point, ” said Jennifer Nuzzo, a public health researcher at Johns Hopkins University, eight months after the virus reached the nation. richest in the world, with its state-of-the-art laboratories, world-class scientists, and medical supply stocks.
The death toll is equivalent to an attack like the one on September 11, 2001, on a daily basis for 67 days. It is roughly the same population as Salt Lake City or Huntsville, Alabama.
And it’s still going up. Deaths are around 770 a day on average, and a model from the University of Washington predicts that the total number of victims in the United States will reach 400,000 by the end of the year as schools reopen and winter arrives in the northern hemisphere. In addition, it is unlikely that a vaccine will be available before 2021, despite the president who thinks otherwise.
“The idea of 200,000 deaths is really very sobering, in some ways impressive,” the doctor told CNN. Anthony Fauci, the government’s leading infectious disease expert.
The grim threshold was reported by Johns Hopkins University based on figures provided by state health authorities. But it is believed that the real figure is much older, in part because many COVID-19 deaths were attributed to other causes, particularly early in the pandemic, before widespread testing was conducted.
Trump said it was a “shame” that the United States reached that number, but argued that it could have been much worse.
“I think if we hadn’t done it properly and correctly, we would have 2.5 million deaths, ” Trump told reporters at the White House before traveling to Pittsburgh for a campaign event. He added that the United States would “is going well” and that “the stock market is on the rise ‘‘.
He also reiterated his argument that China was responsible for the pandemic. In a recorded speech to the UN General Assembly, he demanded that Beijing be called to account for having “released this plague to the world.” The Chinese ambassador rejected the allegations, saying they were unfounded.
On Twitter, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said “it didn’t have to be that bad.”
“It’s an alarming number that is difficult to get into your head,” he said. “There is a devastating human cost to this pandemic and we cannot forget that.
For five months, the United States has led the world in confirmed coronavirus cases, with nearly 6.9 million as of Tuesday, and in deaths from the disease. The United States has less than 5% of the world’s population, but more than 20% of the deaths that have been reported.
Brazil ranks second on the list of countries with the most deaths, with around 137,000, followed by India with approximately 89,000 and Mexico with around 74,000. Only five countries _ Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Spain and Brazil _ rank higher in per capita deaths from COVID-19.
“All world leaders faced the same test, and some have succeeded and some have failed, ‘said Dr. Cedric Dark, an emergency room physician at Baylor College of Medicine in the city of Houston.” In the case of our country, we failed miserably”.
Hispanics and Blacks, as well as Native Americans, have represented a disproportionate part deaths, highlighting America’s health care and economic disparity.
Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 31 million people and is rapidly approaching 1 million deaths, with nearly 967,000 lives lost, according to the UJH tally, although the actual numbers are believed to be far. higher due to gaps in testing and reporting.