The COVID19 death toll in the United States of America (USA) is nearing the casualty count which it faced during the six-year long Second World War.
The Centre for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University reported this week that the death toll in the USA due to coronavirus pandemic crossed the 400,000 mark, as the virus continues to ravage the global economy and has forced renewed lockdowns across the world.
New York State, the financial capital of the USA, reported 41,350 fatalities and tops the country’s state-level death toll list. California recorded the second most deaths of 33,763, followed by Texas with 32,729 deaths and Florida with 24,274 deaths, the CSSE tally showed.
There also seems to be no respite for the USA in coming months as the forecast assembled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts that the death toll could be 477,000 by 6 February.
The deaths caused by the virus in the US, which has one of the best health infrastructure in the world, is also now nearing the country’s casualties during the World War 2.
World War 2 was a global war that affected the whole world and lasted from 1939 to 1945. It was the deadliest conflict in human history and resulted in 70 to 85 million fatalities, with more civilians than military personnel killed.
The United States that formed one of the major blocs of the war saw a death toll of 418,500.