Since the corona pandemic began in the United States, more than 300,000 people have died after being infected with the virus. That came out on Monday (local time) from the data from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The mark was exceeded on the same day that vaccinations against Covid-19 started in the US. No other country in the world has known so many deaths related to the virus – in absolute numbers.
The director of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, feared in March that 100,000 to 200,000 people would die as a result of the pandemic. But many of the measures that Fauci had proposed were not implemented – and the death rate is now a third higher than his fears.
European countries with higher numbers of victims
In relation to the number of inhabitants, however, the number of victims is higher in Italy, Spain, Great Britain and Argentina than in the USA, where around 330 million people live. According to the Johns Hopkins University, there are 107 deaths for every 100,000 inhabitants in Italy, 102 in Spain. In the USA it was 91 per 100,000 inhabitants, in Austria 50, in Germany 27.
The USA is also the country with the most proven infections with the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen, if you look at the absolute numbers. According to the JHU, there are more than 16.3 million infections, 9.8 million in India and more than 6.9 million in Brazil.
On Sunday, 190,920 new infections were recorded within 24 hours in the USA. On the previous five days, this number was well over 200,000. For Sunday, the JHU also reported 1,389 deaths in connection with Corona, on Saturday 2,352 deaths were recorded. On Friday, the previous high was registered with 3,300 deaths.
The Johns Hopkins website is updated regularly and therefore shows a higher level than the official figures from the World Health Organization (WHO). In some cases, the numbers – including those of new infections within 24 hours, but also those of dead – are updated retrospectively. (dpa)