2,50,000 deaths, US crosses one other grim milestone

Washington, November 19

The US has recorded over 2,50,000 deaths from Covid-19, a bleak milestone as cases soar once again across the country, worst-hit by the deadly infectious disease that has claimed over 13,49,000 lives across the world.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the US has now reported 2,50,537 deaths and over 11.5 million confirmed cases. It has more reported infections and a higher death toll than any other country worldwide. Covid is now killing at least one American every minute of the day, bringing the country to another horrific milestone. At least 2,50,029 people in the country have died of Covid-19 since the first death on February 29 in Washington, CNN reported.

The situation is only going to get worse, warned Dr Jonathan Reiner, a professor at George Washington University School of Medicine, amid the continued obstruction from the Trump administration for a smooth handover to the incoming administration of US President-elect Joe Biden. “The horrible death count that we saw yesterday in the US… reflects the number of people who were being infected three weeks ago — two to three weeks ago,” Reiner said. “On an average, two to three weeks ago, we were seeing 70,000 to 80,000 cases per day. Yesterday, there were about 1,55,000 cases. Two to three weeks from now, we’re going to see 3,000 deaths a day,” Reiner said. — PTI

Trump admn not cooperating

President-elect Joe Biden has warned that a delay in transition by the Trump administration will put behind the vaccination plan by “weeks or months”. He said his team was not getting any cooperation.

Johns Hopkins University reports

13,49,700 deaths due to virus
5,62,70,000 confirmed cases across the world

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