Enlarge /. Morgan Dean-McMillan van prepares the body of a COVID-19 victim at a morgue in Montgomery County, Maryland on April 17, 2020.
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The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 200,000 on Tuesday as the daily reports of new cases are still 40,000 and the daily deaths are in the 700s.
The grim milestone of 200,000 deaths equals the death toll from the 9/11 attacks, which occur daily for 66 days. This also equates to a loss of the entire population of Salt Lake City, Utah, or nearly the population of Rochester, New York. COVID-19 has killed more people in the United States than the number of Americans who have died in the past five wars combined (Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq War, Afghanistan War, and Gulf War).
By Tuesday afternoon, the death toll from COVID-19 had already reached 200,541 deaths, down from more than 6.88 million cases. While these numbers are based on data from the state health authorities, the actual death toll is expected to be much higher.
"The idea of 200,000 deaths is really very sobering, breathtaking in some ways," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading expert on infectious diseases and director of the National Institute on Allergies and Infectious Diseases, on CNN.
In raw numbers, the US has the world's highest death toll, followed by Brazil with 137,000 deaths and India with nearly 89,000. Only five countries have higher per capita mortality rates: Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Spain and Brazil.
And deaths and cases are expected to continue to rise. One popular model is that the US death toll is estimated at 378,000 by January 1, 2021 – that's another 178,000 in just over three months.
In an interview with a Detroit television station on Tuesday, President Trump boasted of doing an "amazing" and "incredible" job dealing with the pandemic.
There have been more than 31 million cases and nearly 967,000 deaths worldwide.