Updated: February 28, 2021
With more than 60,000 deaths, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has now surpassed the number of Americans who died in the prolonged conflict with Vietnam.
Statistics website Worldometer which aggregates coronavirus information reported 60,083 deaths from coronavirus on U.S. soil at at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29. That number has eclipsed the 58,220 Americans who died over nearly two decades in Vietnam.
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Coronavirus death toll in the United States now stands at about 17.6 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. The real number could be even higher as testing remains limited in the United States.
According to Johns Hopkins University virus tracker, more than 5.7 million people have been tested for the coronavirus in the United States.
NPR recalled that “during 1968, the deadliest year for the U.S. in Vietnam, the death toll of 16,899 occurred at about half the pandemic’s rate — 8.5 troops were killed for every 100,000 U.S. residents.”
“The pandemic has also been marked by nationwide death tolls surpassing 2,000 on six days this month. The highest daily toll for Americans fighting in the Vietnam War was on Jan. 31, 1968, when 246 U.S. personnel were killed during the Tet Offensive,” NPR added.
More than 1 million Americans have contracted the deadly bug while over 144000 people have recovered, according to the latest data.