In the United States, deaths from coronavirus exceeded more than 100,000, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. In the entire territory to date, about 1.7 million cases of Covid-19 have been registered.
The US continues to be the country with most infections and fatalities caused by the pandemic worldwide. This week president Donald Trump said the alarming numbers “are a badge of honor” in relation to the success of the tests being conducted.
In the table below, courtesy of wordometers.info you can see the US in position number 12 in the “deaths per 1 million inhabitants”. If you take out San Marino, Andorra and St. Marteen due to the size of their population and the statistical deviation they create, the US is in reality in the 9th position just behind Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Italy, UK, Spain and Belgium.
Many statistical experts were certain that the milestone was going to be reached on the US Memorial Day but to their surprise, the reports of death that day were substantially below recent trends just resumed the day later. This makes many analyst believe that following Washington’s unwritten instructions, the reporting of fatalities was slowed down to reduce the pressure on President Donald Trump and his lack of leadership dealing with the pandemic during a sensitive holiday for US citizens.
Donald Trump today posted a tweet referring to the terrible milestone but neglected to mention how many times he made fun of the virus and how slow his response was after banning some international flights.
We have just reached a very sad milestone with the coronavirus pandemic deaths reaching 100,000. To all of the families & friends of those who have passed, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy & love for everything that these great people stood for & represent. God be with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
As of May 20, approximately 23 percent of the total Covid-19 deaths in the country correspond to African Americans, according to racial demographic information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as reported by CNBC.
In New York City, the epicenter of the outbreak in the US, African Americans and low-income people have suffered the most from the pandemic, said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
In this context, the leading infectious disease expert in the United States, Anthony Fauci, said last month that the coronavirus outbreak is highlighting how “unacceptable” the health differences between blacks and whites are.
To date, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused 354,944 deaths and more than 5.6 people per million inhabitants have contracted the disease worldwide.
Featured image: Burial in Malden, Massachusetts, USA May 12, 2020 Brian Snyder / Reuters
Translated by JRE/EF