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    US tops 500,000 virus deaths, matching the toll of 3 wars

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    The US toll is by far the highest reported in the world, accounting for 20 per cent of the nearly 2.5 million coronavirus deaths globally, though the true numbers are thought to be significantly greater, in part because of the many cases that were overlooked, especially early in the outbreak.

    Joe Biden marks 'heartbreaking' 500K Covid-19 deaths
    The COVID-19 death toll in the US has topped 500,000, all but matching the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined.

    The lives lost, as recorded by Johns Hopkins University on Monday, are about equal to the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and greater than that of Miami; Raleigh, North Carolina; or Omaha, Nebraska.

    And despite the rollout of vaccines since mid-December, a closely watched model from the University of Washington projects more than 589,000 dead by June 1.

    The US toll is by far the highest reported in the world, accounting for 20 per cent of the nearly 2.5 million coronavirus deaths globally, though the true numbers are thought to be significantly greater, in part because of the many cases that were overlooked, especially early in the outbreak.

    Average daily deaths and cases have plummeted in the past few weeks. Virus deaths have fallen from more than 4,000 reported on some days in January to an average of fewer than 1,900 per day. But experts warn that dangerous variants could cause the trend to reverse itself.

    Some experts say not enough Americans have been inoculated yet for the vaccine to be making much of a difference.

    Instead, the drop-off in deaths and cases has been attributed to the passing of the holidays; the cold and bleak days of midwinter, when many people are inclined to stay home; and better adherence to mask rules and social distancing.

    The first known deaths from the virus in the US happened in early February 2020. It took four months to reach the first 100,000 dead. The toll hit 200,000 deaths in September and 300,000 in December. Then it took just over a month to go from 300,000 to 400,000 and another month to climb from 400,000 to 500,000.

    The US recorded an estimated 405,000 deaths in World War II, 58,000 in the Vietnam War and 36,000 in the Korean War.
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    5 Comments on this Story

    A6 days ago
    USA tops virus deaths because a large number of citizens lack the basic immunity required to fight against illnesses/ diseases. About 6 years ago, there was a movement against vaccinations / immunization in USA, as many believed that the immunity they were born with was enough, and refused to get themselves vaccinated. That is why the number of cases in USA is the highest. It has nothing to do with science without religion or government agendas. It has everything to do with personal choice.
    Kiran Kumar Kanchibhotla6 days ago
    This whole thing is a result of science without (religion or morals) leading to this. Do we need such science, similarly when religion instigates violence do we need such religion.
    crusoe rob6 days ago
    There is no telling that similar things will not happen in India? The best way to deal is to vaccinate rapidly. In India, the govt is not providing any regular update about the vaccination completed? At the current rate, it will take four years to cover even half the population? Why the 50 to 60 year olds are not being vaccinated now. How long will the first round last? UNTIL THE VIRUS HAS MUTATED DANGEROUSLY?
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