U.S. Accounts For Almost 1 In 4 Covid Deaths As Global Toll Exceeds 600,000

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More than 600,000 people across the globe have now died after being diagnosed with coronavirus, with the U.S. accounting for almost a quarter of all deaths as the Trump administration reportedly prepares to block billions of dollars of funding earmarked for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as testing.

More than 602,000 people have died with coronavirus around the world since the start of the outbreak in late 2019, the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University show.The U.S. makes up more than 140,000 of those deaths , along with more than 3.7 million infections out of 14.3 million global cases to date.

 

The latest figures follow another day of record new infections around the world, with 260,000 new cases reported to the World Health Organization on Saturday. This week, Florida and Texas set new records for deaths in each state, in line with a rising number of deaths nationwide this month after a period of deaths falling. Florida saw a record 156 people dying with coronavirus on Thursday, breaking a record set only one week earlier, while in Texas, the number of people who died in one day reached 129, also on Thursday.

 

It comes as the Trump administration is, according to a Washington Post report, seeking to convince Senate Republicans to cut $25 billion worth of funding towards testing efforts and the CDC from the next round of stimulus proposals.

Key background

Coronavirus hospitalizations in the U.S. are now rising to levels not seen since April, after a period of decrease in May and June. New cases are also rising, while testing is on the rise, according to data from the COVID tracking project. ICUs in states including Georgia, Nevada, Texas and Arizona are at more than 70% capacity when counting all patients, while nationwide, 1 in 12 people in a hospital bed has coronavirus, according to CDC data. Officials in Arizona said this week that they have doubled morgue capacity as they anticipate a surge in deaths, while Texas has also ordered more refrigerators and body bags.

Tangent

President Donald Trump claimed during his Tulsa rally back in June that he had asked administration officials to slow down testing. He implied that increased testing was behind a surge in cases, but later claimed the remark was a joke.

Big number

43 out of 50 states have witnessed a rise in coronavirus infections over the past two weeks, according to Reuters.

Further reading

Repeating N.Y.’s Nightmare, Texas And Arizona Request Refrigerated Trucks For Filling Morgues (Forbes)

Florida And Texas Both Set Coronavirus Death Records Thursday (Forbes)

Report: Trump Wants To Block Funding For Virus Testing, CDC In Next Stimulus Package (Forbes)

Current Hospital Capacity Estimates – Snapshot (CDC)

US Daily Cumulative Totals (COVID Tracking Project)

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I am a breaking news reporter for Forbes in London, covering Europe and the U.S. Previously I was a news reporter for HuffPost UK, the Press Association and a night reporter at the Guardian. I studied Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics, where I was a writer and editor for one of the university’s global affairs magazines, the London Globalist. That led me to Goldsmiths, University of London, where I completed my M.A. in Journalism. Got a story? Get in touch at isabel.togoh@forbes.com, or follow me on Twitter @bissieness. I look forward to hearing from you.

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