COVID-19 has killed nearly 180,000 Americans under Trump leadership

COVID-19 has killed nearly 180,000 Americans under President Donald Trump leadership, according to the latest data by Johns Hopkins University.

The university’s coronavirus tracker showed that 179,743 people had died from coronavirus in the United States as of 10 a.m. August 27. That number was increasing rapidly by the minute.

The United States has the worst coronavirus death toll and the highest number of infections in the world, with health experts warning that with the cold season fast approaching, the death toll would increase.

Nearly 6 million people have contracted coronavirus in the United States, according to the latest data.

Globally, more than 24 million people have been infected with COVID-19 and over 826,000 deaths have been recorded.

President Trump has claimed victory over his handling of the coronavirus, but his failure to acknowledge the threat soon enough, his persistence in describing the virus as a hoax at big rallies and on television, and his refusal to wear a face mask or to mandate states to do so, have led to a catastrophic response.

In addition, President Donald Trump’s failure to reach an agreement with Congress over a coronavirus relief bill that may prevent a catastrophic response in the fall may lead to more deaths.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recalled last week that during the 1918 flu pandemic, the second and third waves of the virus were deadlier. Close to a million Americans succumbed to the deadly virus.

There is no vaccine at the moment and no cure, and health experts project that a safe vaccine may only be available in 2021. They have warned that rushing to develop a vaccine may not be in the best interest of American public.

President Trump’s opponent in the presidential election in November, Joe Biden, who is leading in all polls, has said he would listen to science if elected President.

According to the Democrat, economic activity cannot pick up unless the country defeats the novel coronavirus.

Once that is done, Joe Biden has promised to rebuild America back better.

However, whether Biden is elected or Trump is re-elected, too many lives have been lost already, the damage seems to have been done, and the next administration would need to act decisively to prevent more deaths, lockdowns and shutdowns that may paralyze the economy again.

Chief White House Correspondent for

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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