NEW YORK, NETRALNEWS.COM - The death toll from the Covid-19 coronavirus in the United States (US) has exceeded the number of Americans killed during the Vietnam War of 58,220 people, while the number of cases of infections reached 1 million, according to calculations made by Reuters.
The number of coronavirus cases in the US has doubled in 18 days, and constitutes one third of all infections in the world, according to the count.
The actual number of cases is considered higher, with state public health officials warning that a shortage of trained workers and equipment has restricted the number of tests made.
About 30% of cases have occurred in the state of New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus in the US, followed by New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, and Pennsylvania.
The US death toll since the first death recorded on February 29 reached 58,233 on Tuesday, up more than 2,000 from the previous day.
This outbreak could claim more than 74,000 US lives by August 4, compared with the April 22 estimate of more than 67,600, according to a University of Washington prediction model often cited by White House officials.
Globally, cases of coronavirus infections have surpassed 3 million since the outbreak began in China late last year. The United States, with the third largest population in the world, has five times more cases than the countries most severely affected, for example Italy, Spain and France.
Of the 20 most affected countries, the United States ranks fifth on a per capita case basis, according to a Reuters count. The United States has about 30 cases per 10,000 people. Spain ranks first with more than 48 cases per 10,000 people, followed by Belgium, Switzerland and Italy.
In addition to exceeding the number of victims of the Vietnam War, the number of coronavirus victims in the US also exceeded the number of deaths from seasonal flu in recent years, except for the 2017-2018 season, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Deaths due to flu range from 12,000 in the 2011-2012 season to 61,000 during the 2017-2018 period.
Deaths from the coronavirus in the United States are less than the data of 100,000 Americans killed by seasonal flu in 1967, according to the CDC. That number is also much smaller than the death toll in the Spanish flu epidemic, which began in 1918 and killed 675,000 Americans.
An unprecedented stay-at-home order to curb the spread of the virus has hit the economy, with the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits over the past five weeks jumping to 26.5 million.
About a dozen countries have begun to relax restrictions on staying at home despite warnings from health experts that premature action could cause a surge in new cases.
This month's Reuters/Ipsos survey found that the majority of bipartisan Americans remain at home to protect themselves from the coronavirus, despite its economic impact, as reported by Antara.