The United States of America has broken the melancholic milestone on Friday, September 18 and exceeded 200,000 deaths resulting from the coronavirus, according to numbers published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDP) – a grim reality as the world nears 1 million deaths from the crippling pandemic that has left many economies in a quandary and governments in a panic.
As of New York Christian Times press time and our Friday, September 18 posting deadline, some 200,985 Americans have died and globally more than 947,919 lives have been lost to COVID-19.
As politicians scramble for answers and engage in debates on an array of issues around the deadly virus and its impact on life and lifestyle, the death toll continues to rise in many parts of the country and around the world, and COVID fatalities in the US are already the same number as the population of Tallahassee, Florida or Rochester, New York.
This country leads the world in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths, followed by Brazil in number of deaths and India in number of cases – despite the fact that the population of India is some 4 times that of the United States.
This grim state of affairs has not in any way deterred President Donald Trump from encouraging crowds without face masks and social distancing despite being caught on tape privately telling journalist Bob Woodward that COVID-19 was “deadly stuff” while publicly downplaying the impact. In an interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, former director of the Center for Disease Control Dr. Thomas Frieden noted that Trump has spent his time the last 7 months fighting science instead of the virus.
“Because of that we have reached 200,000 deaths and, quite frankly, there are more deaths than that in the U.S. Many – if not most – of those were preventable,” Frieden noted.
As the global death toll nears one million, the continent of Africa remains the most stable with the least number of cases and deaths; Europe is flattening the curve with only moderate increases but countries like America, Brazil, India and Peru are experiencing rapid increases in the number of cases and the number of deaths.
The ten countries with the highest number of deaths are led by America and Brazil, and includes four European nations. Iran, the largest country in the “Middle East” makes the list which also includes two Latin America countries of Mexico and Peru.