Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The United States is approaching 500,000 covid dead


The number of new cases of infection is declining in the United States, as is the number of new deaths, as restrictions and vaccinations begin to take effect.

In the past week, nearly 68,000 new cases have been registered daily, down 44 percent from two weeks earlier, according to The New York Times. At the same time, the number of people in hospital with covid-19 has been halved in one month.

“Is terrible”

But despite the decline, the United States will soon officially pass 500,000 deaths with covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University – just over a year after the country’s first deaths were reported in February 2020.

– It’s awful. It’s historic. We have not seen anything even close in more than 100 years, since the 1918 flu pandemic (Spanish flu), White House co-adviser Anthony Fauci told media company NBC.

– It’s amazing when you look at the numbers, almost unbelievable, but it’s true.

Fauci tells the media company CNN that he believes that there will be a more normal situation in the country at the end of the year, but that it is possible that Americans will continue to wear mouth guards next year as well.

Light candles

On Monday evening, President Joe Biden will honor the deceased by speaking and attending a light ceremony at the White House. The ceremony is scheduled for midnight Swedish time. Alongside Biden, US First Lady Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff will participate.

In the United States, a total of just under 28 million cases of covid-19 have been confirmed. The death toll during the night until Monday was 489,060 and just over 56,000 were hospitalized, according to The Covid Tracking Project.

Globally, the number of deaths from covid-19 is approaching 2.5 million. A total of 111 million people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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The first person reported to have died of covid-19 in the United States was a man in Seattle, Washington. He died on February 28, 2020.

Later, however, it was confirmed by autopsy that two people in Santa Clara, California, who died on February 6 and 17, respectively, in their homes, had the coronavirus in their bodies.

The two people in California had not traveled abroad, but had probably been infected in the community at home.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle





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