As the world continues its fight against the coronavirus, the United States announced its death toll relating to the virus has surpassed 200,000. The data was released from Johns Hopkins University in a report detailing the impact the virus has had on the U.S and its continued battle to try to get things under control.
Currently, there have been over 3.8 million people within the continental U.S who have contracted the virus/. This is more than any other country in the world, including Brazil and that brings concerns not only relating to the ability of the U.S to eradicate the virus but educating the public on how to avoid spreading the virus.
The announcement comes as several states have seen a resurgence of infections. This includes Utah and North Dakota. Ironically, President Donald Trump, who has faced harsh criticism for his handling of the pandemic and continued release of misinformation earlier claims that should deaths total 100,000 and 200,000, then America will have done a good job.
Prior to making the statement, Trump had predicted the number of cases would be almost zero. This came shortly after the virus was reported within the U.S. Unfortunately, the general consensus amongst the population tends to focus on suspicion and fear of losing rights and that dramatically increased the death toll and number of reported cases, which many in public office continued to dispute.
Johns Hopkins University, which is respected worldwide, has been collecting data on the coronavirus since its outbreak began in China late last year. The U.S, much like other countries began reporting cases in early January. It is unknown how the virus spread so quickly, but it is suspect to be a result of world trade and products that came into contact with those infected.
Trump administration repeatedly criticized
The Trump administration has faced harsh criticism over its handling of the coronavirus and continue to as more Americans become infected with the virus, and the death toll increases. One of its more vocal critics is presidential candidate Joe Biden.
In a recent interview while campaigning for the upcoming elections in the U.S, Biden was quoted saying: “Due to Donald Trump’s lies and incompetence in the past six months, [we] have seen one of the greatest losses of American life in history, with this crisis, a real crisis, a crisis that required serious presidential leadership, he just wasn’t up to it. He froze. He failed to act. He panicked. And America has paid the worst price of any nation in the world.”