The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 now exceeds the number of American service members who died in the First World War.
The tally for the United States from Johns Hopkins University reached more than 116,700 on Tuesday, just past the 116,516 Americans believed to have died in the war a century ago.
Both figures are far from precise, due to a lack of testing during the pandemic and the challenges of counting the war dead, though historians and the Congressional Research Service say 116,516 is the best figure for World War One battlefield deaths.
The U.S. has the most confirmed infections and deaths from COVID-19 in the world and, as parts of the economy have reopened in recent weeks, cases have surged in a number of states.
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Texas is among the states reporting spikes in cases, setting a single-day high with 2,622 new infections Tuesday and a record for COVID-19 hospitalizations for the eighth time in nine days, with 2,518.
“It does raise concerns, but there is no reason right now to be alarmed,” Gov. Greg Abbott said, urging people to wear masks and stay home as much as possible.
The Republican said Texas’ health-care system can handle the surge as the nation’s second-most-populated state pushes forward with reopening one of the world’s largest economies.
Florida’s confirmed cases also set a daily record, at almost 2,800. With hurricane season underway, the virus has spread to the team that operates the nation’s hurricane hunter planes. Five employees at the team’s Lakeland, Fla., base tested positive last week, forcing others into quarantine, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said.
New cases in Arizona hit an alarming daily high of nearly 2,400 — almost double the previous record, health officials said. The state also reported 25 additional deaths, while hospital intensive care units were hovering around 80 per cent capacity.
In Tennessee, the number of infected patients in hospitals has reached its highest level, at more than 400, Vanderbilt University researchers said. A surge in new cases and hospitalizations has led Memphis and Nashville to delay plans to reopen more businesses and increase capacities for restaurants and retail stores.
Nevada, where casinos reopened almost two weeks ago, has reported 379 new cases, its largest daily increase since May 22. Health officials said it can be partially attributed to delayed reporting but is also part of an upward trend in the last three weeks.
Since the coronavirus emerged in China late last year and spread worldwide, more than 8.1 million people have contracted it, according to Johns Hopkins.The university has tallied more than 440,000 deaths from the disease it causes, COVID-19.
For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
What’s happening in Canada
In Canada, the number of confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases has surpassed 99,400. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial data, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 8,270.
Here’s a look at some of CBC’s coverage from across the country:
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What’s happening around the world
Brazil set a daily record for new confirmed cases with 34,918, while also tallying 1,282 more deaths.
Egypt’s Health Ministry reported 97 people had died of COVID-19 on Monday, the country’s highest for a single day.
China sharply ramped up restrictions on people leaving the capital in an effort to stop the most serious coronavirus flare-up since February from spreading to other cities and provinces.
Germany appealed to the public to download a new smartphone app to help break the chain of infections, one of several such apps that European governments hope will revive travel and tourism safely.
Mexico will stop sending temporary workers to Canadian farms that have registered an outbreak and that do not have proper worker protections, Mexico’s Labour Ministry said.
In India, Delhi’s local health minister checked into hospital and was being tested for the coronavirus as India reported more than 10,500 new infections.
Israel’s steady rise in infections since restrictions eased last month has increased fears of what a top Health Ministry official said looked like the “beginning of a wave,” with 200 new cases daily.
Nigeria’s commercial hub Lagos has suspended plans to reopen places of worship after a review of the new outbreak, the state governor said.
Turkey, which has seen an uptick in cases since it eased restrictions in early June, made masks mandatory in five more provinces Tuesday.
Published at Tue, 16 Jun 2020 07:24:45 +0000