The United States reached a heartbreaking milestone of 500,000 COVID-19 coronavirus-related deaths, as per the data from the Johns Hopkins University. The cases in the US now stand at over 28 million, ahead of India – which has nearly 11 million COVID-19 cases. Also Read: Researchers at IIT Hyderabad predict lifetime of SARS-CoV-2 droplets in different environmental conditions
Year after 1st known death: US reported its first COVID-19 related death in California on Feb 29, 2020. The number of Americans that have now died from coronavirus have exceeded the total death toll of World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined. Also Read: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 85% effective after single shot, no longer needs ultra-cold storage
- The United States makes up for nearly 20 percent of the world’s known coronavirus deaths, despite having just 4.25 percent of the global population.
- United States’ total virus toll is higher than in any other country in the world
- The US has still not vaccinated enough people to reach herd immunity
- One person died in the United States every 28 seconds in the month of January, the deadliest month of the pandemic, according to the Post
- To mark the grim milestone, all flags on the US federal property will be lowered to half-mast for the next five days
- US ranks ninth in terms of deaths per 100,000 population, behind the UK and Italy
What’re they saying: Addressing the nation, President Joe Biden said, “As a nation, we can’t accept such a cruel fate. We have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow.
“We often hear people described as ordinary Americans. There’s no such thing, there’s nothing ordinary about them. The people we lost were extraordinary. They span generations. Born in America, emigrated to America. Today I ask all Americans to remember. Remember those we lost and remember those we left behind,” Biden added. Also Read: COVID-19 pandemic: Learn to live with coronavirus as new variant is on course to ‘sweep the world’
Dr Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert, said in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press program, “We haven’t seen anything even close to this for well over 100 years, since the 1918 pandemic of influenza. It’s something that is stunning when you look at the numbers – almost unbelievable, but it’s true.” Also Read: We now have 4,000 new variants of coronavirus that causes COVID-19!