According to the Associated Press, Johns Hopkins University is reporting that the U.S. death toll from Covid-19 is now more than 380,000 and is rapidly going to be more than the number of Americans' deaths in World War II.
The US recorded more than 235,000 new cases of coronavirus infection and 4,470 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins tally as of 8:30 pm (0130 GMT). Globally, there have been 1.6 million COVID-19 related deaths. In the last 10 months, coronavirus deaths in the United States have topped 380,000, per Johns Hopkins data.
It took eight months to hit one million dead.
It took nine months for the world to record the first 1 million deaths from the novel coronavirus but only three months to go from 1 million to 2 million deaths, illustrating an accelerating rate of fatalities.
"The World Health Organization [WHO] has warned that the virus will continue to spread rapidly in the coming months".
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But the real number could be much higher, experts fear.
According to the CSSE chart, 4,462 deaths associated with COVID-19 were reported nationwide on Tuesday, the deadliest day ever in the United States since the onset of the pandemic. Many experts are predicting another year of loss and hardship in places like Iran, India, Mexico and Brazil, which together account for about a quarter of the world's deaths.
"We have found that on average, total deaths are 20% higher than reported deaths", he told CNN in an email, adding that the ratio varies substantially across different countries.
"Behind this staggering number are names and faces: the smile now only a memory, the seat forever empty at the dinner table, the room that echoes with the silence of a loved one", he said, calling for more global coordination and funding for the vaccination effort.
"Science has succeeded, but solidarity has failed", he said.