Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Half a million dead. America mourns losses – World – News


In the spring of 2020, coronavirus victims are buried in a mass grave in the New York Bronx.

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So many Americans did not die together on the battlefields of the First, Second and Vietnam Wars. The New York Times reported the black milestone of the coronary crisis with a shocking front page. It covers half a million dots from top to bottom. Each represents a life lost in a pandemic. “A nation paralyzed by poverty and loss is facing a number that still has the power to shock: 500,000,” the New York Times wrote.

Based on its own calculation, NBC News reported on Sunday that the number of deaths in the USA exceeded half a million. However, according to respected Johns Hopkins University statistics, the United States did not cross the line until Monday.

The United States clearly leads the rankings in absolute numbers of victims. The second is Brazil (246,000), the third Mexico (180,000), the fourth India (156,000) and the top five is closed by Britain (120,000). The total number of pandemic victims in the world is approaching 2.5 million.

A hundred years of horror

“It is terrible. It’s historic. We haven’t seen anything like it for more than a hundred years since the flu pandemic in 1918, “Anthony Fauci, White House chief coronavirus expert and adviser to President Joe Biden, told NBC. “The sight of those numbers is stunning, almost unbelievable, but it’s true,” he added.

On Monday, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris commemorated the victims of a coronavirus pandemic in the United States. At dusk, he and his partners at the White House held a minute’s silence and lit candles. Biden had made an intercession before. He reminded him of the lives extinct due to the plague. But he tried to encourage people by pointing to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Indeed, the latest trends suggest that the US should be out of the worst. In particular, the number of patients with COVID-19 in hospitals is steadily declining. There are currently 56,000 of them, which is the lowest number of hospitalizations since last November. The decline began in mid-January, by which time up to 130,000 people had been hospitalized in the United States in a week.

Vaccination is accelerating

The improvement is linked to better information for people about the protective effect of drapes and safety distances and, more recently, to vaccination. So far, more than 42.8 million Americans have received at least the first dose of the vaccine. Nearly 18 million people have been completely vaccinated, which is about 5.5 percent of the US population.

The vaccination campaign in the USA is accelerating, with more than 1.5 million doses administered daily last week. 330 million people live in the United States, and at the current rate, at least partial immunization of half the population should be achieved in early July.

In the United States, more than 28 million people have become infected since the onset of the coronavirus epidemic. On Sunday, 55,000 new illnesses were added, a decrease of 44 percent on a 14-day scale. The day before yesterday, 1,247 people died, which is 32 percent less in the same time frame.

Despite optimism, chief epidemiologist Fauci refuses to predict when America will return to normal life – when children go to school, parents go to work, when bars, gyms, concert halls open and travel again. “I do not know and do not intend to simplify anything. However, I believe that we will achieve a considerable degree of normalcy by the end of the year. However, we will probably have to wear a veil for next year as well, “he told CNN.

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