US cases of the novel coronavirus approached a million on Tuesday after doubling in 18 days and accounted for a third of all infections worldwide, according to Reuters.
More than 56,000 Americans have died from the highly contagious respiratory disease COVID-19 caused by the virus, an average of 2,000 a day this month.
The actual number of cases is believed to be higher, with state health authorities pointing out that the lack of trained workers and materials has limited testing capacity.
About 30% of the cases occurred in New York State, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, followed by New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, and Pennsylvania.
Worldwide, coronavirus cases have exceeded 3 million since the outbreak began in China at the end of last year. The United States with the third largest population in the world has five times as many cases as the worst affected countries in Italy, Spain and France.
According to a Reuters balance sheet, the United States ranks fifth among the top 20 most affected countries, based on the per capita cases. In the United States, there are approximately 30 cases in 10,000 people. Spain comes first with over 48 cases per 10,000 inhabitants, followed by Belgium, Switzerland and Italy.
The world's largest deaths from US corona viruses now exceed the total number of Americans killed in the Korean War in 1950/53 – 36,516. The number of coronavirus deaths is just below the 58,220 Americans killed during the 1975 Vietnam War.
Corona virus has killed more people than seasonal flu in the U.S. in recent years, with the exception of the 2017-2018 season, the U.S. said. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/past-seasons.html.
The number of flu deaths ranges from 12,000 in the 2011/2012 season to 61,000 in 2017-2018.
Coronavirus deaths in the United States are far behind the Spanish flu, which started in 1918 and killed 675,000 Americans, according to the CDC.
Unprecedented home orders to curb the spread of the virus have affected the economy. The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits in the past five weeks rose to 26.5 million.
Around a dozen states are beginning to relax the restrictions on home stays, although health experts have warned that early action could lead to an increase in new cases.
A Reuters / Ipsos survey earlier this month found that a bipartisan majority of Americans want to continue seeking protection to protect themselves against the corona virus, despite the economic impact.
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