COVID-19 death toll in U.S. tops 100,000

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has killed more than 100,000 people in the United States, according to a virus tracker by statistics website Worldometer. There were 100,399 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States as at 5 p.m. on Tuesday May 26, according to that tally. Johns Hopkins University virus tracker was still reporting 98,717 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. at that time.

At least 1.7 million Americans have contracted the deadly bug while over 473,350 people have recovered, according to the latest tally by Worldometer. That number was over 1.6 million infections, according to Johns Hopkins data.

The real death toll is believed to be much higher and with limited testing in the United States, most health experts believe more people may be carrying the coronavirus.

The United States has the worst death toll and the highest number confirmed cases than any other country in the world.

However, as noted by the Associated Press, “at every turn Trump has asserted the numbers would be worse without his leadership. Yet the toll keeps climbing. It is well beyond what he told people to expect even as his public-health authorities started bracing the country in early April for at least 100,000 deaths.”

“I think we’ll be substantially under that number,” he said April 10.“ Ten days later: ”We’re going toward 50- or 60,000 people.” Ten days after that: “We’re probably heading to 60,000, 70,000,” AP recalled.

Former President Barack Obama has described the coronavirus response by Trump as an “absolute chaotic disaster”. Mr. Trump responded by accusing him of unspecified crime and indicating that the former President may be probed.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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