US coronavirus death toll surpasses number of American soldiers killed in WW1 – Latest News


It has also today passed a grim milestone, not only is the US the country with the highest Covid-19 death toll, but it has now recorded 116,731 fatalities – more dead than during its entire involvement during WW1.

Since the coronavirus was unleashed across the globe earlier this year, the US has claimed the unwanted title as the nation with officially the highest death toll.

More Americans have now died from the coronavirus since the first death was recorded in February than US soldiers who were killed in the 19 months they saw combat during WW1

116,500 Americans died in WW1

The US entered WW1 in 1917 and turned the tide in favour of the allies

US President Donald Trump has refused to take responsibility for the high death toll

The coronavirus has led to an enormous loss of life across the globe

Since declaring war on Germany in 1917, the US would lose 116,516 soldiers in the trenches, fields and hospitals in Western Europe.

The coronavirus death toll in the US topped 116,500 cases today, which is as high as the number of Americans killed during WW1.

The entry of the US cemented the allies’ position and proved to be a tide that Germany could not keep at bay, with President Woodrow Wilson sending millions of Americans to a continent many had never been to before.

Having entered the conflict late, the US has a low death toll when compared to the UK, France and Germany.

The Anti-Enlistment League felt so strongly about losing American lives it put out flyers reading: “Do not enlist. Your country needs you for peace, to do good and useful work, to destroy poverty and bring industrial justice.”

But, for many in the US the country’s involvement and number of Americans dying in a distant land was a price not worth paying.

The coronavirus has swept through the US like a plague, killing at an unprecedented rate that saw the US rocket to the top of official coronavirus infection and death charts, although there has been doubt over figures released by China.

Now, more than 100 years later the US is again losing lives at an unprecedented scale.

Last month, The Donald defended himself against a wave of criticism against himself and also announced he took hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug that has no proven benefits in helping people with coronavirus, which critics said could endanger lives.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly defended his administration’s actions during the pandemic.

The desperate situation in the US, exacerbated by the protests over the death of George Floyd, exposed an uncoordinated response in the country that failed to react quickly enough.

Admittedly, that had failed by 11,000 from 143,357 last month.

White House officials revised the projected death toll to 132,000 in light of the escalating death count.

“We’re not doing that. We’re speeding towards relaxing social distancing.”

Dr Christopher Murray of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation told CNN last month: “When we started off making projections, we had assumed that all the states were going to follow the New Zealand model, which is to keep social distancing in place until transmission gets to a really low level.


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