US coronavirus death toll surpasses 200,000

New York: The United States’ coronavirus death toll surpassed 200,000 on Tuesday.

 

The grim milestone comes nearly seven months after the US announced its first confirmed fatality from Covid-19 in late February.

 

The US has the highest number of fatalities in the world, as well as one of the worst figures on a per capita basis, though differing methodologies across countries make comparisons inexact, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, Deutsche press agency (dpa) reported.

 

While the US has less than 5 percent of the world’s population, it accounts for around 20 percent of the known deaths from the virus.

 

The country also leads the world by far in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, at more than 6.8 million, followed by India and Brazil.

 

Many in the US are unhappy with the US government’s handling of the pandemic, though President Donald Trump, who is standing for re-election in November, has hailed his response to the outbreak as effectively flawless and blamed the media for negative attitudes.

 

“I think it’s a shame, if we didn’t do it properly and do it right, you would have had 2.5 million deaths,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday, when asked about the death toll. “China should have stopped it at their border.”

 

The tracker from the Baltimore-based university, based on local health authorities’ data, put global deaths at more than 967,000 on Tuesday and infections at over 31 million.

 

 

Source: Bahrain News Agency