Coronavirus cases in United States surpass five million – more than a quarter of the global total


The number of people who test positive coronavirus in the United States has exceeded five million, meaning the country has more than a quarter of the world’s Covid-19 cases.

But experts estimate that the actual number of coronaviruses in America – by far the largest in the world – is likely to be around ten times the number of positive test results, if every undiagnosed infection is to be taken into account.

The latest figures, according to Johns Hopkins University, also show that America has more than a fifth of coronavirus deaths worldwide, with at least 162,441.

The United States passed the five million case milestone on the same day Brazil’s coronavirus death toll topped 100,000.

The countries – both of which have presidents with provocative attitudes towards the virus – are the only two countries in the world with a death toll of more than 100,000.

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The presidents of the United States and Brazil have provocative attitudes towards the coronavirus. Credit: AP

Brazil’s death toll is at least 100,477 and its case count is at least 3,012,412 – America’s confirmed cases are at least 5,000,603.

When the virus first appeared in the United States, PrĂ©sident Donald Trump quickly dismissed as a “hoax” or a virus that would quickly go away once the warmer weather arrived.

At one point, the president even suggested that ultraviolet light or the injection of disinfectants would kill the virus, although he later said it was facetious.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly blamed America’s problems on China, where the virus was first detected.

He also says the numbers in the United States are so high because there are so many tests.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who himself has claimed to be infected, has always been skeptical of the impact of the disease and in favor of lifting restrictions on the economy imposed by state governors trying to tackle the disease. coronavirus.

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Mr Bolsonaro downplayed the severity of the virus – even after isolating himself in the presidential residence for more than two weeks – saying the economic restrictions would prove far more damaging than the disease.

He has often ignored social distancing by mingling with crowds throughout the pandemic, but his attitude is frowned upon by the majority of Brazilians, according to recent opinion polls.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Mexico has the third highest death toll in the world with at least 52,006, while the UK is fourth with 46,651 and India fifth with 43,379.

Europe as a whole has recorded more than 207,000 confirmed virus deaths, according to The Johns Hopkins Count.

The UK government has repeatedly stated that international comparisons are problematic due to discrepancies in the way cases and deaths are recorded.


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