The US Surpasses 100,000 Deaths From Coronavirus

Jacquie Cadorette
May 27, 2020 - 4:18 pm

While the US remains at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, the country has just surpassed a shocking milestone amidst the pandemic. The country has just tracked over 100,000 deaths from the virus.

While the number is an estimate, officials predict that the actual death count from the coronavirus is a bit higher. More Americans have died from COVID-19 than from the Vietnam and Korea wars combined, AP reports.

According to the New York Times, the death toll matches that of the 1968 flu pandemic and is quickly approaching the death count from the flu outbreak that occurred just ten years prior to that.

The Times also reported that the coronavirus pandemic is on track to be the country's most deadly pandemic since the 1918 flu pandemic, which took 675,000 American lives.

A tally by Johns Hopkins University estimates that the virus has touched more than 5.6 million people worldwide and killed over 350,000. Americans have become the most unfortunate by far, clocking in at 101,000 of those total deaths.

This tally comes just four months after the government confirmed the first known case in the country, the New York Times reports.

Meanwhile, New York City remains the country's epicenter for the virus, taking nearly 16,410 lives with 199,000 total cases as of Wednesday.

The staggering death count comes as Donald Trump was set to arrive in Florida Wednesday to witness the take-off of NASA astronauts into orbit. The event was postponed due to the weather.

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