Coronavirus tracked: How US deaths from Covid-19 compare to other great tragedies

More people have now died from coronavirus in US than Vietnam War, 9/11 and all mass shootings combined

Anthony Cuthbertson
Wednesday 03 June 2020 14:05 BST
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Coronavirus in numbers

The death toll from the Covid-19 coronavirus in the US has passed 100,000, just four months after the first confirmed case of the deadly virus was reported in the country.

The official figure of deaths is more than double what President Donald Trump estimated during a press conference in late April, when he said "we're going towards 50 [thousand deaths]."

It is also significantly higher than his revised prediction from early May, when he estimated that the death toll would only reach 80,000 to 90,000.

The latest figure means more people in the US have now died from Covid-19 than the Korean War, Vietnam War, Afghanistan War and Iraq War combined.​

If the number of deaths continues to rise at the current rate, the coronavirus will soon account for more deaths than all major US wars since World War II, as well as every major domestic terror attack and mass shooting from the last 75 years.

In New York State alone, there have been more than 10 times the number of deaths from Covid-19 than there were fatalities during the 9/11 attacks.

The actual number of deaths may be much higher than the official figure, which does not take into account deaths outside of hospitals in many states.

The number of deaths from coronavirus in the US accounts for more than a quarter of all deaths around the world.

It is nearly three times the amount of coronavirus deaths in the UK, which has the second highest tally globally.

The passing of this grim milestone comes as US states begin to emerge from lockdown, though data suggests it is too early to determine whether the worst of the outbreak is over.

There were 19,608 new cases of Covid-19 recorded on Sunday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the US to 1,686,436.

The number of new daily cases is now around half of what it was at its peak, but still higher than any other country in the world.

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