Coronavirus deaths worldwide exceed one million

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The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic hit 1 million globally on Monday, as several countries continue to struggle to contain a virus that has overloaded health systems, disrupted economies and reshaped daily life around the world.

Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, kills on average more than 700 people per day in the United States, which leads the world in 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 worldwide. Over 205,000 Americans have died.

“I hate to say it, but unfortunately I expect more people to die from this virus,” said Carlos Del Rio, professor of medicine at Emory University who focuses on infectious diseases and global health . “Sometimes I feel like we just gave up and we’re going to let the epidemic continue.”

Covid-19 deaths reported daily in the United States Notes: For all 50 states and DC, US territories and cruises. Last update

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

Covid-19 cases reported daily in the United States

Note: For all 50 states and DC, US territories and cruises. Last update

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

The outbreak has been even deadlier as a percentage of cases in some other countries, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 10% of the cases observed in Mexico have 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 across the world, so the true extent of the virus may be higher.

The disease has dealt a devastating blow to several developing countries, throwing tens of millions of people out of work and wiping out gains made against poverty. In Brazil, which is second behind the United States for the total number of deaths from the disease, more than 140,000 people have died. In India, where the total infections have exceeded more than six million, the virus continues to kill an average of nearly 1,000 people per day.

Since its appearance in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the virus has spread around the world. Government lockdowns aimed at curbing the spread of devastating economic recessions that continue.

Dr Del Rio has largely blamed 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 over the past two weeks.

Outbreak surveillance in the United States
Confirmed cases by state, ranked by latest full day count
Daily confirmed cases per 100,000 residents

Note: The trend indicates whether a condition experienced 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 Lancet; Associated Press; US Census

Average number of new daily cases of Covid-19 for the most recent week, per 100,000 inhabitants

Note: last updated on . Negative values ​​are due to revised figures.

Sources: Johns Hopkins University (case); Census office (population)

Mr. Trump has always given his administration high marks for its response to the coronavirus.

He said the United States was “turning the corner” on Monday, while announcing new details of a plan to distribute 150 million rapid coronavirus tests to states.

“We are relentlessly focused on protecting the vulnerable, while getting healthy Americans back to work,” he said, reiterating his promises to deliver a vaccine in record time.

Public health officials warn the number of new cases is rising as many countries, including the UK and US, failed to control the virus ahead of winter flu season and a resurgence expected from the coronavirus itself.

British officials last week announced new lockdown measures to tackle a surge in infections. In New York, the epicenter of the infection in the first weeks of the U.S. pandemic before a prolonged lockdown brought the virus under control, the rate of new cases in the past two weeks rose from Sunday, data shows .

The effects of the virus can even be seen in an increase in deaths from other causes, medical experts have said. Stress, economic strain and fear of entering hospitals during the pandemic are likely factors in an increase in the number of deaths in the United States from heart attacks, strokes and diabetes, the researchers said. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Failure to roll out faster tests and enforce the wearing of masks even as states begin to reopen schools and businesses risks further fueling the epidemic, Dr Del Rio said.

The recent move by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to lift all restaurant seating restrictions and ban sanctions 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 counts and hospitalizations in the state declined significantly from their summer peaks, even as economic activity increased. and that schools and theme parks had reopened statewide.

Understanding the coronavirus

Health experts say a patchwork of confusing and sometimes conflicting rules across the United States has made it harder to fight the virus and contributed to an increase in cases over the summer. According to epidemiologists, a consistent national approach is the most effective way to fight a pandemic.

With a vaccine still a few months away, the widespread use of masks, extensive testing and effective contact tracing are seen as essential to help stop the spread and prevent further shutdowns.

“It’s not going to go away just because we want it to be over,” said Dr Del Rio, alluding to Mr Trump’s public comments that the coronavirus will 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 may finally seem like it is reality. But this is not the reality.

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Corrections et amplifications
A photograph of a New York City restaurant that appeared in an earlier version of this article was taken on Friday. The legend incorrectly says it was taken on Saturday. (Corrected September 28)

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