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One in Every Five Coronavirus Deaths Happens in US

The US death toll from the COVID-19 continued to grow, as the worst virus-hit country now accounts for close to a fifth of the victims around the world, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

The epicenter of the virus pandemic has shifted to the US in recent weeks, with daily tallies bringing the overall figures to nearly 557,600 cases of the deadly disease and more than 22,100 fatalities.

The United States is the country with the highest number of both COVID-19 infections and deaths. Italy, Europe’s most affected country, is the second nation with 19,900 victims, followed by Spain with 17,210, France with 14,410, and the UK with 10,630. The number of fatalities due to Coronavirus in Europe has closed 80,000.

New York State has been the greatest contributor to the death toll by far, but the new data shows deaths are also surging in other states. The Empire State’s death toll is now 9,385, while the number of patients has reached over 188,700. New Jersey, second in the nation to New York in both cases and fatalities, has registered 2,350 deaths, with nearly 61,850 infections.

Some 200,000 Americans may die if stay-at-home orders are lifted in the country after 30 days, the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) warned on Friday. The model, created by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, projected that even if the restrictions remain in place there will still have been around 61,500 deaths in the US due to COVID-19 by August.

Also a new study shows the US is expected to suffer the most COVID-19 deaths. The new projection by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine suggested that the US is unsurprisingly in first place. According to the IHME study, the country is poised to sustain some 81,000 coronavirus deaths by August. In the worst case scenario, the death toll might even surpass the 136,000 mark.

A new report from a government inspector general announced that the nation’s hospitals are dealing with “severe” and “widespread” shortages of needed medical supplies, hampering the ability to test and respond to the coronavirus pandemic adequately and protect medical staff.

The White House had projected 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the United State from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained. They suggest if no social distancing measures had been put in place across the country between 1.5 million to 2.2 million people would have died.

Margaret Harris, a spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), had stated that the amount of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the United States is growing so rapidly that the country has the potential to become the new epicenter of the pandemic.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the world has exceeded one million, with the pandemic rampaging most quickly in the United States and the death toll continuing to rise in Italy, Spain, France, the UK, and Germany.

Globally, the death toll from coronavirus passed a grim benchmark, topping 114,270, on Monday, with more than 1,850,000 people infected worldwide, according to a tally maintained by Johns Hopkins University.

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