U.S. coronavirus death toll tops 70,000

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has killed nearly 70,000 people in the United States, according to the latest tally.

As at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at least 70,759 people had died from the coronavirus in the United States from 1,218,968 infections while 188,778 others had recovered, according to statistics website worldometer which collates coronavirus data from various health institutions in the United States.

Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) show the United States recorded 1696 deaths on Monday. This is a big decline from its deadliest day on Friday when 2909 fatalities were recorded.

That number was the highest daily COVID-19 death toll in the United States so far.

The latest figures from worldometer also show that in the past five days, between April 28 and May 4, 2020, at least 202,479 new coronavirus cases were recorded in the United States.

The breakdown of coronavirus infections and deaths, according to worldometer in the United States in the past five days alone can be found below.

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Daily New Deaths in the United States

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The latest figures show that the United States is far from reaching the peak with more infections and deaths being recorded.

A Washington Post analysis published on Saturday showed that the current death toll in the United States has been heavily underestimated.

The Post wrote: “The United States recorded an estimated 37,100 excess deaths as the novel coronavirus spread across the country in March and the first two weeks of April, nearly 13,500 more than are now attributed to covid-19 for that same period, according to an analysis of federal data conducted for The Washington Post by a research team led by the Yale School of Public Health.”

These figures seem to suggest that more than 100,000 people have been so far killed by COVID-19 in the United States.

Data from Johns Hopkins University show that over 6.8 million tests have so far been conducted in the United States.

As several states consider relaxing lockdown measures, health experts have warned that opening countries too soon without wide range testing may lead to resurgence of the virus and more death.

President Donald Trump has described the heavy death toll in the United States as an achievement that should be recognized.

He has argued that the death toll could have been more severe if he had not done a great job. But American newspapers have disputed that claim.

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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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