US Records Highest Global COVID-19 Deaths As Count Crosses 20,000

According to John Hopkins University, the epidemic has now claimed at least 20,071 lives in the US that still leads the world in the number of reported infections with 519,453.

by Hari Aditya

Updated: Apr 12, 2020 09:50 IST

Tags: World Corona
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US Death Rate Rises due to Covid-19

The U.S. reached the horrific milestone of 20,000 fatalities from coronavirus on Saturday when vast swaths of the world were enjoying the Easter holiday weekend at home lockdown. The disease has now taken the lives of at least 20,506 people in the US, leading the nation in fatalities and the number of confirmed illnesses — at least 527,111, according to a count compiled by Johns Hopkins University, headquartered in Baltimore. Italy, Europe's hardest-hit nation with a population a fifth greater than the US, reported 19,468 confirmed fatalities from viruses. Yet expectations started to increase in Western Europe and highly affected areas of the U.S. that the pandemic ended, with many turning to China's Wuhan, the initial epicenter of the outbreak, where authorities removed stay-indoor limits and life began to return to usual.

On Easter Sunday, the culmination of Holy Week for the world's two billion-plus Christians, churches were supposed to be deserted and congregations shuttered at home to stop a pandemic that has affected 1.7 million and murdered more than 107,000.

 

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