More Americans have now died from Covid-19 than died in the Vietnam War
A staggering figure.
More Americans have now died in connection with Covid-19 than died in the Vietnam War.
According to John Hopkins University, the global pandemic has killed 58,365 people in the United States, while 58,220 Americans were killed in combat throughout the war.
Despite the staggering death toll in America, a number of states are insisting that restrictions should be eased, with the Mayor of Las Vegas recently claiming that it is time to reopen casinos to the public.
Figures from John Hopkins University suggest that the number of confirmed US coronavirus cases has passed one million - representing a third of the global total - and has doubled in 18 days.
President Donald Trump has defended the high number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the United States, claiming that it is due to the amount of testing being done.
On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted: "The only reason the U.S. has reported one million cases of CoronaVirus is that our Testing is sooo (sic) much better than any other country in the World. Other countries are way behind us in Testing, and therefore show far fewer cases!"
The only reason the U.S. has reported one million cases of CoronaVirus is that our Testing is sooo much better than any other country in the World. Other countries are way behind us in Testing, and therefore show far fewer cases!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2020
The last comparable death toll in the USA was the 1918 influenza pandemic, which killed 675,000 Americans.
More recently, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 left 1,200 people dead. The infamous terror attacks of September 11, 2001 killed 2,977 people.