The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic reached 1 million worldwide on Monday, as many countries continue to struggle to contain a virus that overloads healthcare systems, lifting of economies and redefined daily life around the world.
Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, kills an average of more than 700 people a day in the US, leading the world in both confirmed cases and deaths. Of the more than seven million confirmed infections since the outbreak of the pandemic, the US has accounted for nearly a fifth of the more than 33.1 million cases reported worldwide. More than 205,000 Americans died.
“I do not want to say this, but unfortunately I expect more people to die from this virus,” said Carlos Del Rio, a professor of medicine at Emory University who focuses on infectious diseases and global health. “Sometimes I feel like we just give up and let the epidemic continue.”;
The death of Covid-19 was reported daily in the US
Notes: For all 50 states and DC, US territories and cruises. Last updated
Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Science and Engineering
Covid-19 cases are reported daily in the US
Note: For all 50 states and DC, US territory and travel. Last updated
Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Science and Engineering
The outbreak has become more deadly as a percentage of cases in some other countries, data from Johns Hopkins University showed. More than 10% of observed cases in Mexico end in death. In Bolivia, France and Iran, that figure is more than 5%, while the mortality ratio in the US is 2.9%. Reporting and testing capabilities vary around the world, so the true extent of the virus may be higher.
The disease has wreaked havoc on many developing countries, throwing tens of millions out of work and erasing proceeds from poverty. In Brazil, the second-largest U.S. fatalities from the disease, more than 140,000 people have died. In India, where total infections lead to more than six million, the virus continues to kill an average of nearly 1,000 people a day.
Ever since it emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the virus has spread around the world. Government lockdowns aimed at preventing the spread have sparked devastating economic recessions that continue.
Dr. Del Rio blames the current situation on political leaders in the US and abroad, including President Trump. He pointed to some countries that have been successful in stopping the spread of the virus, despite having fewer resources. South Korea and New Zealand, for example, reported an average of just 2.5 new cases a day in the past two weeks.
US Outbreak Tracking
Confirmed cases by state, ranked according to the latest full day number
Daily confirmed cases per 100,000 residents
Note: The trend indicates whether a state has had an increase or decrease in the total number of cases in the past seven days compared to the previous seven days. Last updated
Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Science and Engineering; the Lancet; Associated Press; US Census
Typical new daily Covid-19 cases for the most recent week, per 100,000 people
Note: Last updated on . Negative values are caused by modified numbers.
Source: Johns Hopkins University (cases); Census Bureau (population)
Mr. Trump continues to give his administration high marks for its response to the coronavirus.
He announced that the US was “spinning around the corner” Monday, while announcing new details of a plan to distribute 150 million rapid coronavirus tests to states.
“We are relentlessly committed to protecting the vulnerable, while enabling healthy Americans to return to work,” he said, reiterating his promises to provide a vaccine at the recorded time.
Health officials warn the public about the rising number of cases, as many countries, including the UK and US, have failed to bring the virus to trial early in the winter flu season and an expected resurgence of the coronavirus itself.
UK officials last week announced new lockdown measures to combat an influx of infections. In New York City, the center of infection in the first weeks of the U.S. pandemic before a prolonged lockdown controlled the virus, the rate of new cases in the last two weeks rose to Sunday, the data showed.
The effects of the virus can be seen with increasing mortality from other causes, medical experts said. Stress, economic strain and fear of hospital admissions during the pandemic are likely factors in increasing U.S. fatalities from heart attack, stroke and diabetes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Failure to launch a faster test and order mask wear even as states begin to reopen schools and businesses are likely to further exacerbate the epidemic, Drs. Del Rio.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ recent move to lift all restaurant restrictions and ban penalties for failing to wear masks is “not a strategy,” Drs. Del Rio. “It simply came to our notice then. We continue to make the same mistakes. “
Mr. DeSantis said on Friday that Florida was ready to move forward as new numbers of day-to-day cases and state hospitalization fell sharply from their summers in the summer, though rising economic activity and themed schools and parks reopened statewide.
Health experts say a patchwork of confusing and sometimes conflicting rules across the US makes it difficult to control the virus, and has contributed to an influx of cases in the summer. A consistent national strategy is the most effective way to combat a pandemic, epidemiologists say.
With a vaccine still months away, widespread mask use, extended testing and effective contact monitoring are seen as integral to helping stop the spread and prevent further closure.
“It will not go away just because we want it to end,” said Dr. Del Rio, citing Mr. Trump’s public comments that the coronavirus will disappear on its own and the US has an effective pandemic response. “I think if you repeat something enough, in the end it may seem like reality. But it is not the reality.”
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Corrections and Enlargement
A photograph of a New York City restaurant that appeared in an earlier version of this article was taken on Friday. The caption said it was taken wrongly on Saturday. (Corrected September 28)
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