Just within two months after America reported the grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus, the nation’s mortality rate has now surpassed 150,000 on Wednesday, Johns Hopkins University data reveals.
North America continues to remain the worst-affected nation from COVID-19, with a number of related infections racing to touch 5 million. Globally more than 662,000 people have succumbed to the disease with over 17 million infected, as per AFP tally.
North America touches the somber milestone as the medical body warns the death toll could aggravate to multiple hundred thousand if measures to control the spread is not taken.
On Wednesday, California, and Florida – two worst-hit states in the US – have recorded the highest number of daily infections on Wednesday.
California on Wednesday reported 8,755 new positive cases, CBS reports, with 197 deaths. The total number of confirmed cases in California is 473,785. In Florida, state-wide caseload counts 451,423.
“Please — WEAR A MASK,” California governor Gavin Newsom tweeted. Texas has recorded the highest number of fatalities with 4,300 deaths so far this month, followed by Florida and California.
The number of cases rising each day has forced many reopening economy in the nation is take a u-turn. According to health officials people under 40 are acting as the chief spreader of the virus as they continue to visit bars, and restaurants thereby becoming victims of the infection as well.
Dr. Dara Kass, an ER doctor and Yahoo News medical contributor speaking to CBS raised concerns for “a new generation of chronically ill patients,” given “some people just want to take the risk they’re going to get it, take a pill and expect that they are going to get better,” and that the virus has proven to long-lasting side effects on heart and brain.
Currently, the world’s biggest vaccine trial is underway with Moderna and the U.S. government, involving 30,000 volunteers.
Volunteers will be kept in oblivion if they’ll be jabbed with the trial shot or placebo and scientists will closely monitor antiviral activity.