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America Now Has Most COVID-19 Deaths in the World — 20% of All Fatalities

An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:
U.S. deaths due to the coronavirus surpassed 20,000 on Saturday, the highest reported number in the world, according to a Reuters tally, although there are signs the pandemic might be nearing a peak. Italy has the second most reported deaths at 19,468 and Spain is in third place with 16,353.
The United States has five times the population of Italy and nearly seven times the population of Spain.
The United States has seen its highest death tolls to date in the epidemic with roughly 2,000 deaths a day reported for the last four days in a row.

While America has 4.3% of the world’s population, it appears to have nearly 20% of the world’s 100,000 confirmed fatalities from COVID-19. Long-time blogger Jason Kottke notes the virus is now causing more deaths per day in the U.S. than any other cause, including heart disease and cancer.
But earlier this week Kottke also shared graphs from six different countries visualizing positive new statistics from the Imperial College team suggesting social distancing has worked in 11 European countries they analyzed.
“We estimate that interventions across all 11 countries will have averted 59,000 deaths up to 31 March,” the researchers write, adding “Many more deaths will be averted through ensuring that interventions remain in place until transmission drops to low levels.”


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