They are 200,000 dead, more own victims than in the wars in Vietnam until the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. And it is almost twice the number of Americans who died in the First World War.
With more than 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus, the number of fatalities from that disease in the United States this Tuesday surpassed the balance of the last five wars in which the country has fought, from the bloody war in Vietnam to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The United States registered 200,005 deaths, which is almost a quarter of the world total, which is 965,893 deceased, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.
In this way, the United States continues togoing to the country with the most deaths In absolute terms ahead of Brazil with 137,272 deaths, India (88,935), Mexico (73,697), United Kingdom (41,877), Italy (35,738), Peru (31,369), France (31,346) and Spain (30,663).
However, deaths from the pandemic in the United States are equivalent 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) continue to be some of the regions most affected by the virus, which was detected for the first time at the end of last December in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
In the US, the first case was detected on January 20 in the state of Washington (northwest), where a 35-year-old man tested positive after having visited his family in Wuhan, according to the governmental Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Four months after that first case, on May 27, the death toll surpassed the 100,000 barrier and, eight months later, the figure is 200,000.
In this way, the coronavirus has already killed more people than the total number of Americans who lost their lives on the battlefield during the last five wars: the war of Vietnam (1955-1975), the de Korea (1950-1953), the de Iraq (2003-2011), the de Afghanistan (2001-present) and that of Gulf (1990-1991).
Those five wars a total of 86,658 American lives were claimedAlthough Vietnam’s was the bloodiest at 47,434, according to the Congressional Research Service.
The current death toll from COVID-19 is also nearly twice the number of American soldiers who died during the First World War (1914-1918).
With 116,516 deaths, World War I is the third bloodiest conflict in US history, surpassed by World War II (1939-1945), where more than 400,000 Americans died, and the Civil War (1861-1865) with 655,000 deceased, according to the Congressional Investigation Service.
Regarding the number of cases, the United States is already approaching at 7 million with 6,861,211 confirmed infections, details on its website the Johns Hopkins University.
At first, the pandemic hit the eastern cities harder from the US, such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington DC; but in July the focus shifted to the southern and western states, such as Florida, Texas and Georgia, which were the first to reopen their economies.
By states, California, the most populous in the US, leads the list with 790,679 cases, followed by Texas with 733,173, while Florida is third with 687,909, and New York fourth with 485,081.
Faced with this situation, US President Donald Trump has continued to downplay the disease and just last night, when the US was approaching 200,000 deaths, he affirmed that the virus “affects virtually no one” below the age of 18, something that medical experts deny.
“Before we did not know about the disease, now we do. It affects elderly people, elderly people with heart problems and other problems. If they have other problems that’s when it really affects you. You know? In some states, there were thousands of people and no one young, no one under 18, has a strong immune system. It affects virtually no one, “the president told supporters last night at a rally in Ohio.