US surpasses 2,000 coronavirus deaths in a day, highest since May

2020-11-26 17:08:36
US surpasses 2,000 coronavirus deaths in a day, highest since May

Daily US deaths from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 2,000 for the first time since May, and hospitals across the US have reached full capacity, indicating a surge in mortalities to come.

The death toll reached 2,100 on Tuesday, with another 200,000 people infected, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, numbers that experts say could grow with millions of Americans defying official warnings and travelling for Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday.

Since the global pandemic began, the US has suffered nearly 260,000 deaths and 12.6 million infections, the highest in the world.

“The US ‘each person for himself’ mindset is killing hundreds of thousands of us. Devastating to watch,” Dr Tatiana Prowell of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine wrote on Twitter.

School districts across the United States face pressure from all sides as they grapple with how to educate children during the pandemic, a Reuters survey of 217 districts showed.

Many parents are baulking at online instruction, while others worry about sending kids back into classrooms prematurely. Teachers say they are not comfortable teaching in person.

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