US Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 10,000
As the United States enters a new week in its fight against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the number of deaths from COVID-19 has reached more than 10,000.
As of April 7, the US has more confirmed cases than any other country, next to Italy with 16,523 deaths and Spain, who reported 13,055 deaths.
According to NPR and a real-time COVID-19 dashboard developed by Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering, almost 350,000 Americans who have been tested have it.
The CIA’s World Factbook states that the population of Italy is 62 million, consisting of an estimated 19% of the US total population of 332 million. Spain has about 50 million people.
In the US, New York continues to develop more new cases, making it the most affected area in the country. On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo acknowledged that the state is grappling with over 130,000 cases and almost 5,000 fatalities.
It has only been three weeks since the coronavirus was reported in every state as well as Washington, D.C, but the entire country is struggling to come to terms with the virus. To make matters worse, health professionals are predicting that the worst of the coronavirus has yet to come.
Experts and government leaders are working tirelessly to alleviate the damage caused by the virus. But with an unprecedented event like this, few are sure how long it will last or how to answer the American people.
Just a few days after President Trump said that the US is contending with “one of the toughest weeks” regarding the pandemic, reports put the loss of life at 10,000. The president also said that “There’s going to be a lot of death, unfortunately. There will be a lot of deaths.”
This tremendous rate is attributed to a chronic deficiency of testing kits and medical equipment. Unfortunately, the actual extent of the coronavirus will not come to light until better testing becomes available.
According to NPR, New York has led the country in testing. So far, over 320,000 people have tested for the virus.
However, the proportion of complete tests to confirmed results is fewer than 3-to-1, which fails to meet the most favorable ratio that the World Health Organization suggested for determining how many people have contracted the coronavirus.
Michael Ryan, the WHO’s executive director for emergencies, said in an interview with NPR last week, “It 80-90% of the people test positive, you are probably missing a lot of cases.”
Considering nine states currently report 10,000 or more confirmed patients with COVID-19, that is extremely alarming. NPR gathered this list:
- New York: 130,689
- New Jersey: 37,505
- Michigan: 15,718
- California: 15,201
- Louisiana: 13,010
- Massachusetts: 12,500
- Florida: 12,350
- Pennsylvania: 11,643
- Illinois: 11,260
In addition to the US, Italy, and Spain, Germany recently revealed it has over 100,000 cases, with France following closely behind. And in the last few weeks, China has reported less than 83,000 new cases and 3,335 deaths, though some outside experts speculate these numbers may not be accurate.
- Chappell, Bill. “More Than 10,000 People Have Now Died From COVID-19 In The U.S.” NPR, NPR, 6 Apr. 2020, www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/06/828080868/more-than-10-000-people-have-now-died-from-covid-19-in-the-u-s.