A medical technician in protective gear handles a wrapped corpse on a gurney.
Enlarge / Transporter Morgan Dean-McMillan prepares the physique of a COVID-19 sufferer at a morgue in Montgomery county, Maryland, on April 17, 2020.

The US dying toll from COVID-19 topped 200,000 Tuesday as each day reviews of recent instances nonetheless hover round 40,000 and each day deaths are within the 700s.

The grim milestone of 200,000 deaths is equal to the dying toll from the 9/11 assaults occurring each day for 66 days. It’s additionally equal to dropping about your complete inhabitants Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah, or almost the inhabitants of Rochester, New York. COVID-19 has killed extra in the US than the variety of Individuals who died within the 5 most up-to-date wars mixed (the Korean Struggle, the Vietnam Struggle, the Iraq Struggle, the Struggle in Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf Struggle).

By mid-afternoon Tuesday, the COVID-19 dying toll had already reached 200,541 deaths, stemming from greater than 6.88 million instances. Whereas these figures are based mostly on information from state well being authorities, the precise dying toll is anticipated to be a lot larger.

“The thought of 200,000 deaths is de facto very sobering, in some respects gorgeous,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s high infectious-disease skilled and director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses, mentioned on CNN.

By uncooked numbers, the US has the best dying toll on the earth, adopted by Brazil with 137,000 deaths and India with almost 89,000. Per capita, solely 5 international locations have larger dying charges: Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Spain, and Brazil.

And deaths and instances are anticipated to proceed climbing. In response to a extensively cited mannequin, the US dying toll is estimated to succeed in 378,000 by January 1, 2021—that’s an extra 178,000 in just a bit over three months’ time.

In an interview with a Detroit TV station Tuesday, President Trump boasted of doing an “wonderful” and “unimaginable” job of dealing with the pandemic.

Worldwide, there have been greater than 31 million instances and almost 967,000 deaths.

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