COVID-19 has now killed more than 90,000 Americans as Obama blasts Trump

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Updated: March 7, 2021

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has now killed more than 90,000 people in the United States, even as former President Barack Obama on Saturday criticized the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic.

As of 8 a.m. on Sunday, COVID-19 had killed 90,133 people in the United States from 1,507,798 infections, according to the latest tally by Worldometer, a statistics platform that aggregates data on the disease from official health publications. About 339,232 people had recovered from the illness in the United States, the data said.

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Worldwide, more than 4.6 million people have contracted the deadly bug and over 312,000 have died so far, according to the data from Johns Hopkins University.

In China, where the virus first emerged late in December, the authorities have quarantined 8,000 people and reintroduced lockdown measures in northeastern part of the country.

“Residents of Jilin, the second-largest city in Jilin Province, have been mostly barred from leaving the city, state news media reported, after a cluster of infections was reported there and in Shulan, another city under its administration. Shenyang, capital of the neighboring province of Liaoning, said on Saturday that anyone who had traveled there from the city of Jilin since April 22 would be quarantined in a hospital for three weeks,” The New York Times reported.

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By Weiyi Cai and Lauren Leatherby·Source: New York Times database of reports from state and local health agencies. Parts of counties with population densities less than 10 people per square mile are not shaded.

In The United States, the number of new coronavirus cases has steadily declined in recent days, but the number of deaths has remained steadily high as well.

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New York, which was considered the epicenter of the outbreak in March and April this year, has seen the figure dropped in the past month. The numbers have also declined elsewhere, including in Haiwa, Alaska, Vermont and Massachusetts.

Despite the slight good news, the number of new cases in the past five days, still average 25,000 each day, a small decline from the daily average of 30,000 recorded early last month, according to the latest data.

With so many infections and deaths still being recorded, and President Trump constantly blaming everyone else for his bungled coronavirus response at home, including the World Health Organization (WHO), former President Barack Obama on Saturday issued what was widely regarded as a rare public rebuke of his successor Donald Trump.

Obama said the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the fact that those in charge often do not know what they are doing.

“More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Obama told graduates from several dozen historically black colleges and universities as he spoke at two virtual commencements for high school and university students locked down instead of celebrating their graduations, a rite of passage every spring in the United States.

“A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge,” he added.

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Simon Ateba Washington DC
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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