May 28, 2020

U.S. coronavirus deaths pass 100,000 mark in under four months, leading the world

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death toll from coronavirus has surpassed American deaths from 9/11 and the Korean and Vietnam wars combined. Here’s a look at COVID-19’s place in history. history? Enter Email Address

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“Pray and think about those that passed in our former wars,” urged Tom Bossert, Trump’s former homeland security advisor, in an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” “but also about those that passed in the last three months.” Healthcare workers, from doctors to hospital cleaners to nursing home aides, found themselves on the pandemic’s front lines, with some of them documenting firsthand the agony of watching patients die, separated from their families by strict protocols meant to stem new infections. By mid-February, the outbreak had leaped from Asia to Europe, where it began devastating northern Italy before spreading to Spain, France and elsewhere. Today, the United States, despite its wealth and scientific prowess, has the world’s highest numbers of both cases and deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s widely cited global tracker.The efforts to contain the contagion have closed businesses, sent unemployment to Depression-era levels, spurred Congress to pass four relief measures totaling nearly $3 trillion, with more promised, and upended the year’s political contests for the White House and control of Congress. Across the United States, schools closed, workplaces emptied, businesses shuttered. economy and put the country’s bare-knuckle political disunity on display for all the world to see. He has urged the nation to “reopen” and has consistently refused to wear a mask in public, going so far as to mock his Democratic rival for the presidency, former Vice President Joe Biden, for doing so at a Memorial Day observance. Newsletter

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Sign up for the latest news, best stories and what they mean for you, plus answers to your questions. states. As hospitalizations and deaths accelerated, Trump veered from claiming absolute authority to telling states to largely fend for themselves in providing testing and crucial medical supplies.By mid-March, the world was locking itself down. A deadly flare-up raged in Iran. Among the victims have been many aged veterans. The stock market cratered, wobbled, spiked, then ebbed anew, as traders repeatedly seized on any report of a potential treatment or vaccine to send stock-buying up even as the losses of jobs and lives mounted. Advertisement

Yet the holiday weekend, which traditionally has marked the start of summer, this year seemed to signal long-homebound Americans’ impatience with social distancing. 1/12

James Plummer, left, funeral director at Angelus Funeral Home, sprinkles rose petals over the casket as Nicholas Jackson, center, son of the deceased, grieves for Charles Jackson Jr., who died in April. 

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100,000 deaths: How does the COVID-19 toll compare with other deadly events in U.S. Success varied widely. 29, a patient in the Seattle area, but several earlier fatalities — not attributed at the time to COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus — have since come to light. Two days later, Trump declared a national emergency. Print

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The nation’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 100,000 in less than four months on Wednesday, a heart-rending inflection point in a pandemic that has profoundly altered Americans’ daily lives, ravaged the U.S. Working-class Americans including grocery clerks, bus drivers and meatpackers were called “essential” workers but realized that their jobs put them at previously unimaginable peril.As the nation neared the threshold of 100,000 deaths over a week that included Memorial Day, when the nation mourns its war dead, the somber symbolism was lost on few. The first U.S. Countries began imposing travel bans, but not before international travelers — continent-hopping businesspeople and tourists, cruise-ship passengers and crews — seeded far-flung eruptions of disease.On March 11, the World Health Organization designated the outbreak a pandemic. Many sought a return to normalcy at the seashore, at lakesides and in countless parks and backyards — many without taking the recommended precautions. coronavirus deaths pass 100,000 mark in under four months, leading the world

Workers wearing personal protective equipment bury bodies in a trench on Hart Island, New York City’s longtime potter’s field, last month.(John Minchillo / Associated Press)

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The virus’ rapid spread was met with a hodgepodge of efforts to contain it, a worldwide phenomenon that was echoed in the patchwork of responses in U.S. The U.S. U.S. Advertisement

The loss of lives reflected in the tragic new milestone has put President Trump’s reelection at risk, as numerous polls show widespread belief among voters that he has mismanaged the crisis — from his early denials of a problem and promise of zero deaths to his erratic stewardship of the response once the death count began.Spurred partly by Trump’s defiant rhetoric and example, even the responses recommended by his own public health experts — social distancing, wearing masks, staying home — have come to divide Americans along partisan lines after an initial period of broad adherence to the unprecedented limits on their way of life.