The global about 19 percent of coronavirus deaths occurred in the United States, while the country accounts for only four percent of the world’s population.
“These numbers are devastating,” said Anthony Fauci, chief infectious disease advisor to U.S. President Joe Biden on ABC News television. The expert added:
The situation is worse than in almost any other country, while we are a highly developed, rich nation.
According to the US Center for Epidemiology and Disease Prevention (CDC), in the first half of 2020, compared to the previous year, life expectancy in the United States decreased by one year. This is the biggest decline since World War II.
At the beginning of last year, the epidemic – after sweeping the country – claimed the lives of 100,000 people by May. The number of victims doubled by September, and health experts had already warned at the time that another spread of the virus was expected in the autumn and winter months. By December, the number of victims had reached 300,000. In the last just three months, 230,000 people have lost their lives to Covid-19 disease.
Between December and February, coronavirus-related deaths accounted for 46 percent of global cases in the United States., although vaccines were already available during this period and vaccination of the American population began.
Despite Monday’s tragic milestone, the situation appears to be improving, with the number of registered infections declining in America for the sixth consecutive week. However, health experts have warned that the various mutations – originally discovered in Britain, South Africa and Brazil – could trigger another wave that threatens to reverse recent positive trends.
Fauci warned against caution and asked Americans to adhere to public health measures such as wearing a mask, keeping physical distance, and avoiding the masses. “We have to be very careful and we can’t say it’s over, we’re over it,” the expert said.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will commemorate the victims on Monday night. And White House spokesman Jen Psaki announced that the U.S. national flag would be lowered to a half-mast on federal buildings. Bells will be ringed 500 times at the National Cathedral in Washington on Monday night in honor of the memory of the 500,000 victims of the coronavirus so far.
Cover image: A patient with Covid-19 caused by the new coronavirus is being treated by Erlina Monteleone, a blood collection specialist in the intensive care unit of Coronado Sharp Coronado Hospital, west of San Diego, California, on January 20, 2021. Source: MTI / EPA / Etienne Laurent
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