More than 100,000 people in the United States have died from COVID-19 according to various pandemic-tracking efforts — and the pandemic is far from over. As the country reached the grim milestone, many areas were still seeing an increasing number of cases, and researchers have suggested a second wave of infection is looming.
The risk of continued spread remains high as all 50 states have now begun easing restrictions to curb the transfer.
So far, the US is the world leader in the number of confirmed cases and deaths, with approximately 1.7 million cases and more than 100,000 deaths. The country with the next highest numbers is Brazil, which has nearly 400,000 cases and more than 24,500 deaths.
In per capita comparisons, the United States is also among the worst. It clusters with Belgium and Spain in terms of cases per million people – about 5,000 cases per million, according to tracking by the Financial Times. Only a few countries have a higher rate, including Qatar, Luxembourg and Singapore. By comparison, the UK and Italy have seen about 4,000 cases per million so far, and Germany and France both have about 2,000 cases per million.
The US has done better with its cumulative death rate per million people. At 283 deaths per million people, the US is lower than Belgium, Spain, the UK, Italy and France – which together account for 800 deaths per million to more than 400 deaths. Germany falls under the US, with a rate of only 100 deaths per million.
Still, the country’s arrest rate is significantly higher than President Trump’s forecast. As late as April 20, he said the death toll “went to 50 or 60,000”. He has now adapted.
Currently, the worst affected states are New York and New Jersey. New York became the epicenter of the country’s outbreak and has reported about 365,000 cases and nearly 30,000 deaths. Nearby New Jersey has reported about 156,000 cases and 11,000 deaths. Illinois, California, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania have also reported hefty tolls.
Data suggests more than a dozen states are still seeing increasing cases. An analysis by BuzzFeed suggests that West Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana and North Dakota are seeing some of the most significant increases in the average daily number of cases.
Perhaps even more sobering, the current number of cases and deaths – as staggering as they are – have likely been underestimated, largely due to limited testing that has plagued the country’s pandemic response from the start.