US closes at serious pandemic milestone: 200,000th COVID-19 death

The United States is rapidly closing in on a number that was unimaginable when it reported the first death from coronovirus back in February – the 200,000th epidemic fatalities, NBC News data showed on Tuesday.

According to the latest numbers, more than 6.3 million deaths were reported in the US, with COVID-19 cases confirmed.

According to NBC News analysis, a new COVID-19 death was recorded every 106 seconds in the last seven days.

Silver lining? The pace with which new coronovirus deaths were occurring was somewhat slower after the first week in August, when one person died every 80 seconds over a period of seven days.

And the states that recorded the largest increase in mortality in the last four weeks were not the largest or most populous.

West Virginia has a mortality rate of over 141 percent, which has reached 247 deaths since the onset of the epidemic, figures show.

Wyoming (100 percent), Alaska (78 percent), Arkansas (52 percent), North Dakota (52 percent) Kentucky (51 percent) and Georgia (51) percent have also reported large percentage spikes in COVID-19 deaths.

The US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, two regions with small death totals, also saw large increases in coronovirus fatality rates. Deaths in the Virgin Islands have increased by 167 percent over the past four weeks, while deaths have risen 77 percent in Puerto Rico.

Since the onset of the epidemic, the Virgin Islands have reported a total of 17 deaths and Puerto Rico has recorded 477 deaths.

New York remained the state with the most deaths with 33,842, but most of those deaths occurred in March and April when the Northeast was the country’s hottest place and when scientists and health officials still tried to create a way to control Was doing. Circulating crisis.

Since then most deaths have occurred in Southern and Sun Belt states such as Florida, Arizona and Texas, which resumed in May at President Donald Trump’s insistence, as epidemics began in those areas.

At a still higher level, the number of new cases and deaths in Florida and Arizona is declining, according to data compiled by NBC News and other news organizations.

California, which took aggressive action to deal with the crisis and then saw a major spike when it reopened, still led the nation with 742,074 cases. In recent weeks, however, the number of new cases and hospitals has also decreased.

“We’ve done a great job with COVID,” Trump said Tuesday before boarding an Air Force flight to Florida and North Carolina. “We’ve done a very good job with China’s virus. It’s a ventilator or whether it’s the vaccines you’re seeing very soon, or the therapeutic, we’ve done a great job.”

But Trump has been criticized for dragging his feet to combat the epidemic and reducing the dangers of the virus, while first politicizing the issue of wearing masks by refusing to wear them in public.

According to Johns Hopkins University COIDID, America not only leads the number of total deaths and confirmed cases in the world, but also accounts for about a quarter of more than 27.3 million cases and one-fifth of more than 893,000 deaths worldwide. -19 Dashboard.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist and frequent Trump target, pours cold water on the prospect of life in the US until the coronovirus vaccine is soon released.

“We will not return to an absolute normality until we have a vaccine,” Fauci said in research! US 2020 National Health Research Forum. “We probably won’t do it until next year around this time in 2021.”

This is the less-than-optimistic comment that attempted to discredit Fauci, the White House, in July.

And on Friday, a research organization that the Trump administration relied on to predict favorable epidemics warned that the death toll in the US could double from January 1.

Dr. of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Medicine, Washington University. Christopher Murray said, “The worst is yet to come.”

  • The coronavirus virus is establishing throughout the country, and while most Americans believe that businesses are still reopening soon, the number is shrinking according to a new NBC. “More aspects of American life are returning to parts of normalcy as the innings begin – professional sports have resumed, many states have relaxed restrictions related to coronovirus, and some schools have blended individual and virtual options. Has started opening with. ”NBC News reported.
  • Acting Tyler Goodspeed of the Council of Economic Advisors said half of the 22 million jobs lost in March and April were when the US economy was shut down by the epidemic. “We were certainly very encouraged by the fact that the unemployment rate fell by 1.8 percent to 8.4 percent in August,” Goodspeed said on CNBC. “It exceeded expectations.” However, economists are less affected. “Job gains have been probably the easiest thing to do so far where a business opened up and brought back its employees,” Dan North, a senior economist at Euler Hermes North America, told NBC News on Friday. That another wave of layoffs could come, especially in hard-hit sectors such as the airline industry. Hundreds of members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, joined by other aviation workers, plan to perform outside the US Capitol on Wednesday.
  • West Virginia University became the latest major university to suspend individual classes on its main campus following a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Some 1,500 colleges and universities surveyed by The New York Times reported 51,000 cases and 60 deaths. The five universities with the most cases? University of Alabama (1,367), University of South Carolina (1,192), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1,100), Auburn University (1,074) and Illinois State University (1,029).