The number of Corona deaths in the U.S. is now higher than those of U.S. soldiers killed in action or otherwise killed during World War II. Johns Hopkins University recorded about 406,000 deaths related to coronavirus infections since the pandemic began through late Wednesday night. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a total of 405,399 soldiers in the U.S. armed forces had died during World War II.
The symbolic mark was passed the day new U.S. President Joe Biden took office. He has made fighting the pandemic, which has also plunged the U.S. into a devastating economic crisis, a priority for his first months in office. His predecessor, Donald Trump, has been accused by his critics of downplaying the pandemic, contributing to the massive spread of the novel virus.
The night before they were sworn in, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had held a memorial ceremony to remember the hundreds of thousands of Corona deaths in the country. “In order to heal, we must remember,” Biden said at the brief ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. “It’s important to do that as a nation.”
On Wednesday, the number of Corona deaths recorded in one day reached the second-highest level since the pandemic began. The 4231 deaths were just shy of the high of 4462 recorded on Jan. 12, according to data released Thursday morning by Johns Hopkins University.
The United States is by far the worst pandemic-hit country in the world in terms of deaths and contagions. More than 24.4 million cases of infection have been recorded in the United States since the pandemic began.
- hp with reports from news agencies/picture: pixabay.com
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