US deaths from novel coronaviruses exceeded 150,000 on Wednesday, a higher number than in other countries and nearly a quarter of the world total, according to Reuters calculations.
Of the 20 countries with the largest outbreaks, the United States ranks sixth in deaths per capita, with 4.5 deaths per 10,000 people.
Only Britain, Spain, Italy, Peru and Chile have higher per capita rates, according to calculations, with US deaths reaching nearly 23 percent of the global total of only around 661,000.
An increase of 10,000 COVID-19 deaths in 11 days is the fastest in the United States since early June.
The rate of infection has increased since the US death toll surpassed 100,000 on May 27. The epicenter has also moved, to the south and west of the area around New York, which so far still has the highest number of casualties for one state in more than 32,000.
Arkansas, California, Florida, Montana, Oregon and Texas each reported record fatal spikes on Tuesday.
Rising numbers have shattered initial expectations that the country has passed the worst of the economic crisis which has destroyed business and left millions of Americans unemployed.
Health experts have said for months that the US outbreak can be controlled if guidelines for maintaining social distance and wearing masks in public are followed everywhere.
Such steps became a hot partisan issue after President Donald Trump, who initially played down the seriousness of the health crisis after the first US case in January, refused to wear a mask.
Trump has since come to support the mask but has yet to enact a national mandate that needs it.
On Wednesday, Florida reported another record increase, with 217 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the state health department.
Florida commercial pilot Rob Koreman, 50, from Fort Lauderdale, said he was stunned by the climbing numbers.
“I am a pilot and have crashed into so many cities, so many people in them, I have to be aware,” he said. “Basically, none of this should have happened. We need state coordination, if not a federal mandate. “
Louie Gohmert, a Texas lawmaker who has refused to wear a mask in the past, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, raising concerns that other members of Congress might also have been revealed.
Attorney General William Barr, who testified at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday that Gohmert took part in, would be tested for coronavirus as a result, said a Justice Department spokesman.
In a video posted to Twitter, Gohmert said he had often used face masks in the past week or two, including Tuesday’s trial.
Officials in New Jersey, the state with the second highest mortality rate, again appealed to young people to avoid the large gathering that the virus breed. Governor Phil Murphy chose several parties that lead to new case groups.
“Coronavirus is more easily transmitted indoors. Party in a crowded room is not smart or safe, “he wrote on Twitter.
With the school reopening scheduled for a few more days in several states, the Trump administration is encouraging students to return to classrooms, while several teachers and local officials have called for learning to stay online.
Washington University’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), whose predictions are closely monitored by policy makers including the White House, first predicted in March that the pandemic could kill more than 81,000 in July after easing in June.
In its latest statement on July 14, IHME said its model now projects a death toll in the US of more than 224,000 on November 1.
It also said that the number was not mentioned.
“The use of masks is up, but not as high as they should be. “If 95 percent of Americans wear masks every time they leave their homes, the infection rate will go down, hospitalization will fall, and death estimates will go down,” IHME said.
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