From the first dead to half a million deaths: the disastrous advance of Covid-19 in the United States
From the first death to the grim threshold of 500,000 deaths, here are the main dates in the evolution of the coronavirus epidemic in the United States.
– First death –
On February 29, 2020, the United States announced the first official death from the epidemic in the country. He is a man in his fifties, with already fragile health, who dies of Covid-19 in Washington State (northwest).
“There is no reason to panic,” said then President Donald Trump at a press conference.
Authorities later confirmed that others had in fact succumbed to the disease as early as mid-February.
– 100.000 –
On May 27, 2020, the world’s leading power crosses the 100,000 coronavirus death mark, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
While the United States is already registering the largest number of deaths and contaminations in the world in absolute terms, deconfinement is largely underway across the country, under the leadership of Donald Trump, determined to revive the economy.
– Flip-flop on masks –
On April 3, 2020, after advising against the generalized wearing of masks, health authorities now recommend that Americans cover their faces when leaving their homes to contain the epidemic.
“It costs nothing, I would say, go ahead, do it”, launches Donald Trump on this subject at a press conference. But “I don’t think I’m going to do it,” he adds.
– 200.000 –
On September 22, 2020, six weeks before the presidential election, the country counts its 200,000th death attributed to Covid-19.
The “Covid will be the third cause of death this year in the United States, more than accidents, strokes and Alzheimer’s,” then tweeted Tom Frieden, former director of the American Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) .
– Trump positif –
On October 2, 2020, Donald Trump announced with a tweet that he had tested positive for Covid-19.
Showing symptoms, he was admitted to a military hospital for four days. His presidential campaign was stopped short, it would resume a few weeks later at a frantic pace.
– 300,000 and first vaccine –
On December 14, 2020, more than 300,000 people officially died of Covid-19 in the United States.
In the midst of the end of the year holiday season, the country is experiencing an outbreak of the epidemic, regularly exceeding 200,000 daily cases and 2,500, or even 3,000, deaths per day.
But December 14 also corresponds to the launch of a mass vaccination campaign, a New York nurse becoming the first American to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in the territory.
– 400.000 –
On January 19, the United States exceeded the threshold of 400,000 deaths from the virus on the eve of the inauguration of Joe Biden.
On January 20, the new Democratic president warns in a serious speech that the pandemic is about to know its “hardest and deadliest phase” and calls on Americans to face this “dark winter” together.
Biden, who says he is making the fight against the epidemic his most urgent priority, signs in the wake of a series of decrees, from the wearing of the compulsory mask in federal buildings to quarantines for travelers.
– 500.000 –
On February 22, a new milestone was crossed: more than half a million people officially succumbed to the coronavirus in the United States.
“We have not known anything like this for more than 100 years, since the pandemic of 1918”, underlines the immunologist Anthony Fauci, adviser to Joe Biden.
A number of indicators, foremost among which is the rhythm of vaccinations, however offer real glimmers of hope to the population.
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