U.S tops 100, 000 deaths
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…as COVID 19 continues to wreak havoc worldwide
…neighbouring Brazil records 412, 000 cases, 25, 598 deaths

(Reuters) – The novel coronavirus has killed more than 100,000 people in the United States, according to a Reuters tally on Wednesday, even as the slowdown in deaths encouraged businesses to reopen and Americans to emerge from more than two months of lockdowns.

About 1,400 Americans have died on average each day in May, down from a peak of 2,000 in April, according to the tally of state and county data on COVID-19 deaths. (Reuters interactive: tmsnrt.rs/2w7hX9T)

In about three months, more Americans have died from COVID-19 than during the Korean War, Vietnam War and the U.S. conflict in Iraq from 2003-2011 combined. The new respiratory disease has also killed more people than the AIDS epidemic did from 1981 through 1989, and it is far deadlier than the seasonal flu has been in decades. The last time the flu killed as many people in the United States was in the 1957-1958 season, when 116,000 died.

Total U.S. coronavirus cases are over 1.7 million with some southern states seeing new cases rising in the past week, according to a Reuters analysis of data from The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to track the outbreak. Globally, coronavirus cases have topped 5.6 million with over 350,000 deaths since the outbreak began in China late last year and then arrived in Europe and the United States. South America is now bearing the brunt of the outbreak, with Brazil having the second-highest number of cases in the world.

Of the top 20 most severely affected countries, the United States ranks eighth based on deaths per capita, according to a Reuters tally. The United States has three fatalities per 10,000 people. Belgium is first with eight deaths per 10,000, followed by Spain, the United Kingdom and Italy, according to the Reuters analysis.

Meanwhile, across neighbouring Brazil some 412, 000 cases have been recorded with 25, 598 deaths. The World Health Organization has warned that Latin America has become the epicentre of the crisis and Brazil is the worst-hit in the region by far. Health experts in Brazil have warned that the real number of confirmed infections may be far higher than the official records, due to a lack of testing.

A study by the University of Washington found that the country could record more than 125,000 deaths by early August, that’s almost a five-fold increase on its current total of 25,598. The prediction followed Brazil’s daily death toll surpassing that of the United States for the first time. It recorded 807 deaths on Monday, while 620 people died in the US.

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