The Death Toll In USA Due To COVID-19 Crosses That Of 9/11 Terror Attacks

by Gizel Menezes
The Death Toll In USA Due To COVID-19 Crosses That Of 9/11 Terror Attacks

The death toll in the United States due to the Coronavirus pandemic has now crossed more than 4000, a number higher than the fatalities of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that took place in the country in 2001.

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The Death Toll In The United States Crosses That Of The 9/11 Terror Attacks

According to the Johns Hopkins University Resource Centre Data, as many as 4,081 Americans have died due to the novel coronavirus, and nearly 190,000 have been infected by it. In comparison, the terrorist attack by Al Qaeda on the World Trade Center had killed 2,977 people.

The number of COVID-19-linked deaths in the US has also surpassed the death toll in China.

Health experts in the country, however, have projected that the situation may become worse in the coming days. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in an interview with CNN, said that the United States “will certainly have millions of cases of COVID-19 and more than 100,000 deaths before the crisis subsides.”

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It’s A Matter Of Life And Death Says President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump too on Tuesday warned the Americans that the US was headed for a “tough two weeks”. He advised people to follow strict social distancing measures and to be prepared for the “hard days” ahead as “it’s a matter of life and death.”

A member of the White House Task Force on Coronavirus, Deborah Birx, has estimated, based on a model from actual ground data, that the death toll in the US could be between 100,000 to 200,000, given that the existing mitigation measures including social distancing are strictly implemented till April 30. She also added that “If no steps were to be taken, the death toll could range between 1.5 million and 2.2 million.”

Globally, there are nearly 860,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and over 42,000 people worldwide have died of the disease.

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