Breaking News
Translate

‘US Covid-19 deaths exceed WWII military toll’

Kindly Share This Story:

COVID-19: Ex-army officer alleges National Hospital abandoned 35-year-old father of 3 to die

The number of US Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday surpassed the country’s toll of military fatalities in World War II, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University.

As of the evening, the tracker showed that 405,400 people have died from the disease caused by the new coronavirus in the United States.

The total number of combat and non-combat deaths in World War II was 405,399, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The figure is a stark reminder of the pandemic’s cost as newly-elected President Joe Biden begins his term.

“We need all our strength to persevere through this dark winter. We’re entering what may be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus,” Biden said in his inaugural speech.

ALSO READ: Turn back time? Study hints at way to halt cognitive decline as we age

The US accounts for four per cent of the world’s population but around 20 per cent of its Covid-19 deaths.

Though the infection rate seems to have hit a new peak, modelling by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the B.1.1.7 variant, originally identified in Britain, will lead to a fresh surge in the coming months.

Biden has said that his response to the pandemic will be rooted in evidence-based solutions, unlike his predecessor Donald Trump.

He is seeking $1.9 trillion for an emergency Covid and economic recovery package from Congress, and on Wednesday signed an executive order requiring masks on federal property.

The administration also plans to rejoin the World Health Organization, which Trump derided as being manipulated by China.

[AFP]

Vanguard News Nigeria

Kindly Share This Story:
All rights reserved. This material and any other digital content on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from VANGUARD NEWS.

Disclaimer

Comments expressed here do not reflect the opinions of vanguard newspapers or any employee thereof.
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!