Tuesday, February 23, 2021

USA: More than half a million Americans have died from the coronavirus


America has broken another psychological barrier. Half a million people infected with the coronavirus have died in the country, i.e. one in five COVID-19 fatalities in the world comes from the United States.

On Monday night, local time, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will commemorate half a million SARS-CoV-2 deaths in Washington by lighting candles. In front of US federal buildings, flags will be half-masted for five days.

500 thousand is a number greater than the entire population of Kansas City or the number of people living within the city limits of Atlanta. This is more than the capacity of the audience at six major American stadiums. And a figure close to the US death toll in the last century’s two world wars.

Half a million deaths – the line crossed by Reuters on Monday – outnumber the total number of Americans who died in 2019 from chronic respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, flu, and pneumonia.

This is the most tragic balance of the epidemic among all countries in the world. Brazil is second in this respect with nearly 250,000. fatalities. With the global number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 reaching nearly 2.5 million, more than one in five who have died from coronavirus so far comes from the US. January saw the most tragic statistics – on average, three thousand people died from COVID-19. people every day.

There have been 28 million coronavirus infections in the United States since the start of the epidemic, making it 25% of infections around the world. Recently, 70,000 people are detected daily in the US. new cases.

The data shock Americans – embarrassing many. Due to the fact that the coronavirus affects minorities and poorer people relatively harder, the epidemic in the US intensifies the discussion about social inequalities, including access to health care.





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