The United States today has reached a grim milestone of recording over 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University. The latest count puts the total at 100,047 fatalities with out of 1.69 million confirmed infections. The news comes as several states relax restrictions to stop the virus from spreading in a bid to salvage the economy reeling from the crisis.
The US has logged more deaths from the viral disease more than any other country in the world, accounting for over 30% of the global death toll. The second-ranking country, United Kingdom, has only about a third of that number at 37,000 deaths. The virus has killed more Americans than both the Korean and Vietnam wars combined.
President Donald Trump, who has been criticised for being slow to respond to the pandemic, did not react immediately to the news. Earlier this month though, Trump said it would be “horrible” for the US to hit the 100,000 mark in COVID-19 deaths, but also claimed that the figure could be 20 times higher if not for his administration’s actions.
Experts widely believe that the true death toll from the virus is much higher. Official figures continue to rise as well on a daily basis.