Coronavirus: US death toll reaches 200,000

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The total number of deaths in the United States from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 200,000 on Saturday, the highest death toll in the world.

There have now been 6,760,654 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country since the virus was first identified.

The dark step was taken Saturday morning according to data collected by NBC News.

According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, an outbreak of new infections in the fall and winter could lead to a total of 415,000 US deaths by January.

As the cold weather forces people indoors, there are fears it could trigger a new wave of infections if people do not maintain their vigilance to stop the spread.

Experts continue to implore people to wear masks to limit the spread of the virus by aerosol, as well as to continue to adhere to a handwashing regimen. They also advise everyone to get their flu shot every year.

The sobering numbers come even as infections have spread to younger, healthier segments of the population who are more likely to survive.

Treatment of patients has also progressed since the early days of the pandemic, but the disease remains particularly deadly for people with co-morbidities.

The first death in the United States from Covid-19 was initially thought to be in the Seattle area on February 28, but post-mortem tests later revealed that the virus was responsible for deaths in California three weeks earlier.

Alarming data from Europe shows a large-scale resurgence in the number of virus cases leading to renewed lockdowns and other restrictions.

There are concerns that complacency over the coronavirus could lead to a similar rise in the United States, where politicized battles over wearing masks continue, much to the frustration of health officials and civil society. .

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told US lawmakers this week that a potential vaccine for Covid-19 is not expected to be widely available until summer or early fall 2021.

Worldwide, more than 30.55 million people have been infected with the coronavirus. The worldwide death toll now exceeds 950,000.

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