On the bright side as the United States is poised to record the 200,000th coronavirus death is that the death rate of people from Covid-19 has slowed in the past two weeks, according to new NBC News data revealed on Monday.
The 11,015 deaths recorded between August 30 and September 13 were 17 percent lower than the previous two weeks’ total of 13,244, according to the figures.
“It could be a statistical problem, it could be because treatment is improving, or it could be because patients are getting younger,” said Dr. Sadiya Khan, an epidemiologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Most of the deaths so far have been elderly and infirm, but hundreds of new cases in recent weeks have been students who contracted the virus after returning to class on college campuses.
Currently, about 20 percent of cases in intensive care units are people between the ages of 1
Additionally, the weekly death toll numbers rose and fell repeatedly during the crisis, NBC News figures show.
But seven months after President Donald Trump privately told reporter Bob Woodward that the coronavirus was “deadly stuff,” the United States continued to lead the world with 195,337 deaths and 6.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases.
Right now, the United States accounts for over one-fifth of the world’s 925,596 victims and one-fifth of more than 29 million cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University Covid-19 dashboard.
Trump denied lying about the gravity of the pandemic to the American public. And despite the increasingly somber numbers, he has repeatedly praised his administration’s response to the crisis that destroyed the economy and continues to claim at least 800 or so lives a day in the United States.
Meanwhile, the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research group whose optimistic predictions once touted by the Trump administration, predicts there could be over 400,000 deaths in the United States by January 1.
Most of the deaths were reported in March and April in the Northeast, when local health officials were still trying to understand how the virus is transmitted and struggling to find enough masks, ventilators, and hospital beds to fight the crisis.
In recent months, the majority of deaths from Covid-19 have occurred in the southern and sun belt states which began to reopen in May at Trump’s urging, although the number of cases began to peak in states such as Florida, Texas and Arizona.
And recently, South Dakota and neighboring Midwestern states have seen large increases in new cases with public health experts pointing the finger at the massive Sturgis motorcycle rally last month, where there was little or no physical distance. or worn by the mask, and shooting education in the classroom.
“Two things clearly seem to drive him,” Khan told NBC News in a previous interview. “The motorcycle rally in Sturgis, as well as the students returning to college and university. The timeline appears to support this. “
One death so far has been directly linked to the rally, a man in his 60s in Minnesota who had been to the festival and had underlying conditions.
In other coronavirus news:
Woodward said on the “TODAY” show that he was shocked when he learned that Trump received a terrible warning from his national security advisers on January 28 about the dangers the nation has faced since Covid-19. But Trump did not share this information in his State of the Union address to Congress on February 4, which saw 40 million people. “It is one of those shocks, to me, after writing about nine presidents, that the president of the United States possessed specific knowledge that he could have saved lives and historians will write about the lost month of February for decades,” he said. Woodward. Trump did not declare a national emergency until March 13 and continued to insist that Covid-19 was no more dangerous than the flu and resisted wearing masks in public.
The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will go on this year, but it will be a minimized event due to the pandemic. Gone are the protesters parading along the traditional 2.5-mile route through Manhattan as crowds cheer them on. Instead, the parade events will be held over two days, the overall number of attendees will be reduced by about 75 percent, and “all attendees will be adequately socially spaced,” Macy’s said in a statement. “It won’t be the same parade we’re used to,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
- A Trump-appointed federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled that Governor Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions were unconstitutional. Among other things, Wolf required people to stay at home, closed businesses, and limited group meetings. US District Judge William Stickman said they had good intentions “but even in an emergency, the authority of the government is not free.” The judge’s ruling came after several Republican companies and lawmakers sued Wolf, who is a Democrat. Stickman’s ruling is unusual in that other Pennsylvania courts have consistently sided with Wolf. Furthermore, most of the restrictions that Stickman disputed have already been lifted by Wolf.
- While US lawmakers and police have been grappling with how to enforce mandates to wear masks, the Jakarta Post reports that local authorities in Indonesia have come up with a screeching punishment for people caught not wearing them: they are having them dig their graves of the victims of Covid-19. Eight people in East Java province have been sentenced to this type of forced labor so far. “There are only three gravediggers at the moment, so I thought I could put these people to work with them,” the local district chief said.
Nigel Chiwaya and Joe Murphy contributed.