The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic reached one million worldwide on Monday, as several nations continue to struggle to contain a virus that has overloaded health systems, disrupted economies and rebuilt daily life around the world.
Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, is killing on average more than 700 people a day in the United States, a world leader in both confirmed cases and deaths. With more than seven million confirmed infections since the start of the pandemic, the United States accounts for nearly a fifth of the more than 33.1 million reported cases globally. More than 205,000 Americans died.
“I hate to say this, but unfortunately what I expect is more people will die from this virus,” said Carlos Del Rio, a professor of medicine at Emory University who focuses on infectious diseases and global health. “Sometimes I feel like we̵
Covid-19 deaths reported daily in the United States
Notes: For all 50 states and D.C., United States territories and cruises. Last update
Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering
Cases of Covid-19 reported daily in the United States
Note: For all 50 states and D.C., US territories and cruises. Last update
Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering
The outbreak has been even more deadly as a percentage of cases in some other countries, figures from Johns Hopkins University show. More than 10% of the cases observed in Mexico ended in death. In Bolivia, France, and Iran, that figure is over 5%, while the death rate in the United States is 2.9%. Reporting and testing capabilities vary around the world, so the true extent of the virus may be greater.
The disease has dealt a severe blow to several developing countries, throwing tens of millions out of work and wiping out their earnings against poverty. In Brazil, second only to the United States in total deaths from the disease, more than 140,000 people have died. In India, where total infections have surpassed six million, the virus continues to kill nearly 1,000 people a day on average.
Since it emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the virus has spread around the world. Government blockades aimed at blocking the spread have triggered devastating ongoing economic recessions.
Dr. Del Rio has placed much of the blame for the current situation on political leaders in the United States and abroad, including President Trump. He pointed to some countries that have managed to stop the spread of the virus, despite having fewer resources. South Korea and New Zealand, for example, have reported an average of just 2.5 new cases per day in the past two weeks.
Outbreak monitoring in the United States
Confirmed cases by state, classified according to the last count of the whole day
Cases confirmed every day per 100,000 residents
Note: The trend indicates whether a state has seen an increase or decrease in the total number of cases in the past seven days compared to the previous seven days. Last update
Sources: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering; the hand; Associated Press; United States Census
New average daily cases of Covid-19 for the most recent week, per 100,000 people
Note: last updated on . Negative values are
due to revised figures.
Sources: Johns Hopkins University (cases); Census Bureau (population)
Mr. Trump has consistently given his administration high marks for its response to the coronavirus.
On Monday he said the US was “turning the corner” as it announced new details of a plan to distribute 150 million rapid coronavirus tests to states.
“We are relentlessly focused on protecting the vulnerable while allowing healthy Americans to return to work,” he said, repeating his promises to deliver a vaccine in record time.
Public health officials warn that new case counts are on the rise as many countries, including the UK and the US, have failed to get the virus under control before the winter flu season and an expected resurgence of the coronavirus itself.
Officials in the UK last week announced new lockdown measures to fight a wave of infections. In New York City, the epicenter of the infection in the first weeks of the pandemic in the United States before a prolonged lockdown brought the virus under control, the rate of new cases in the past two weeks has increased since Sunday, data shows.
The effects of the virus can also be seen in an increase in deaths from other causes, medical experts said. Stress, economic tension, and fear of entering hospitals during the pandemic are likely factors in an increase in deaths in the United States from heart attacks, strokes and diabetes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Failure to implement faster tests and the requirement to wear a mask even as states begin to reopen schools and businesses risk further fueling the outbreak, said Dr. Del Rio.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ recent move to lift all restrictions on seating in restaurants and ban penalties for not wearing masks “is not a strategy,” said Dr. Del Rio. “It’s a disaster. We keep making the same mistakes.”
Mr. DeSantis said on Friday that Florida was ready to move forward as new daily case and hospitalization counts in the state dropped significantly from their summer peaks, even as economic activity increased and schools and theme parks reopened. across the state.
Understanding the Coronavirus
Health experts say a patchwork of confusing and sometimes conflicting rules in the United States made it more difficult to stem the virus and contributed to a spate of cases over the summer. A coherent national approach is the most effective way to combat a pandemic, epidemiologists say.
With a vaccine still months away, widespread use of the mask, extensive testing, and effective contact tracking are considered integral to help stop the spread and avoid further disruption.
“It won’t go away just because we want it to be over,” Dr. Del Rio said, alluding to Trump’s public comments that the coronavirus would go away on its own and that the United States has had an effective response to the pandemic. “I guess if you repeat something enough, it can eventually feel like reality. But that’s not the reality. “
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Corrections and amplifications
A photograph of a New York City restaurant was taken on Friday that appeared in an earlier version of this article. The caption incorrectly said it was taken on Saturday. (Correction on September 28)
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