US COVID-19 death toll passes 200,000

US COVID-19 death toll passes 200,000

The death toll from the spread of the coronavirus in the United States exceeded 200,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

“The idea of 200,000 deaths is really very sobering and in some respects stunning,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious diseases expert, told CNN.

The US as a whole is reporting over 42,000 new infections on average each day. The country is now losing about 800 lives each day to the virus.

The pandemic has infected more than seven million Americans.

“It affects virtually nobody. It’s an amazing thing,” President Trump said. “It affects… elderly people with heart problems and other problems – if they have other problems that’s what it really affects, that’s it.”

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