COVID-19 decimates U.S. with close to 170,000 deaths and 5.2 million cases, even as experts warn the worst is yet to come

COVID-19, the deadly respiratory disease ravaging the world, is particularly decimating the United States. Already, close to 170,000 people have died from over 5.2 million infections, according to a virus tracker by John Hopkins University.

Statistics website Worldometers has already tabulated over 171,000 deaths from more than 5.4 million cases, with more than 2500 Americans dead in the past 48 hours alone.

Health experts in the United States, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have warned that with the cold season not far away, things may get even worse during fall if nothing is done immediately.

While Americans are still debating over whether to wear masks or not, and whether to social distance at rallies or inside churches, the virus continues to accelerate dangerously, killing both the elderly, the young and children.

The failure of the Trump administration to reach a deal with Democrats on the unemployment benefits and and in other areas for Americans to vote safely and prepare for the fall means the virus may hit the United States harder in the coming months.

Top 20 Counties by Number of Deaths in the United States

5,975 deaths

Queens

5,638 deaths

Kings

5,215 deaths

Los Angeles

4,951 deaths

Cook

3,946 deaths

Bronx

2,835 deaths

Wayne

2,536 deaths

Maricopa

2,518 deaths

New York

2,195 deaths

Nassau

2,110 deaths

Essex

2,036 deaths

Bergen

2,006 deaths

Middlesex

1,999 deaths

Miami-Dade

1,998 deaths

Suffolk

1,771 deaths

Harris

1,715 deaths

Philadelphia

1,508 deaths

Hudson

1,447 deaths

Westchester

1,419 deaths

Hartford

1,412 deaths

Middlesex

1,410 deaths

Fairfield

1,349 deaths

Union

1,244 deaths

Passaic

1,194 deaths

Essex

1,136 deaths

Oakland

Top 50 Confirmed Cases by County in the United States

218,831 confirmed

Los Angeles

142,662 confirmed

Miami-Dade

128,352 confirmed

Maricopa

114,724 confirmed

Cook

90,574 confirmed

Harris

68,319 confirmed

Queens

65,369 confirmed

Broward

62,846 confirmed

Kings

57,313 confirmed

Dallas

51,457 confirmed

Clark

50,626 confirmed

Bronx

45,662 confirmed

Riverside

44,045 confirmed

Suffolk

43,840 confirmed

Nassau

43,823 confirmed

Bexar

42,854 confirmed

Orange

39,374 confirmed

San Bernardino

38,575 confirmed

Palm Beach

36,402 confirmed

Westchester

34,065 confirmed

San Diego

33,694 confirmed

Hillsborough

33,403 confirmed

Tarrant

32,861 confirmed

Orange

32,057 confirmed

Philadelphia

29,326 confirmed

New York

28,877 confirmed

Wayne

26,565 confirmed

Middlesex

25,888 confirmed

Kern

24,442 confirmed

Prince George’s

24,300 confirmed

Duval

24,251 confirmed

Shelby

23,870 confirmed

Travis

22,850 confirmed

Mecklenburg

22,017 confirmed

Suffolk

21,879 confirmed

Milwaukee

21,806 confirmed

Hidalgo

21,601 confirmed

Fulton

21,528 confirmed

Davidson

21,462 confirmed

Salt Lake

21,175 confirmed

Gwinnett

21,058 confirmed

Bergen

20,063 confirmed

Hennepin

19,870 confirmed

Essex

19,830 confirmed

Hudson

19,287 confirmed

Franklin

19,164 confirmed

Pima

19,157 confirmed

Fresno

18,819 confirmed

Montgomery

18,466 confirmed

Pinellas

18,160 confirmed

Fairfield

Globally, more than 760,000 have died from coronavirus from over 21 million infections.

The United States, Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa are the most affected countries in the world. Those five countries account for at least 13 million of the 21 million cases worldwide.

Cases by Country/Region/Sovereignty

5,316,637 US
3,275,520 Brazil
2,525,922 India
915,808 Russia
579,140 South Africa
516,296 Peru
511,369 Mexico
445,111 Colombia
382,111 Chile
342,813 Spain
341,070 Iran
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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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