More than 200,000 people have now died of COVID-19 in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University virus tracker, even as President Donald Trump claimed on that the coronavirus “affects virtually nobody”.
At a rally in Ohio on Monday, President Trump said the coronavirus “affects virtually nobody. It’s an amazing thing.” He encouraged officials to reopen schools.
The death toll in the United States is the highest of any country in the world by far, and comes as scientists race to come up with a vaccine and Americans prepare to vote in a presidential election amid high unemployment numbers.
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The United States also has the highest number of confirmed cases, with more than 6.9 million infections, or more than one-fifth of the global number of cases, which is 31.4 million.
New York, California, Florida have been affected the most in the country.
wrcbtv summarized the coronavirus devastation in the United States with these heartbreaking words: “COVID-19 has killed more people in the US than Americans killed in battle during the five most recent wars combined: the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, the War in Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf War. The loss of life is like suffering the effects of 109 Hurricane Katrinas. Or enduring the 9/11 attacks every day for 66 days. Since the first known US COVID-19 death on February 6, an average of more than 858 people have died from the disease every day. And researchers project almost 180,000 additional COVID-19 deaths by January 1. But it doesn’t have to be that way.”