Friday, May 29, 2020
On Wednesday, the total number of confirmed deaths linked to SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infections surpassed 100,000 in the United States, Johns Hopkins University data indicated. The coronavirus causes COVID-19, a sometimes-fatal disease. The milestone came just under a month after the total number of confirmed infections in the United States surpassed one million on April 28.
As of Wednesday, the United States had the highest number of known infections, accounting for around 30% of world-wide coronavirus infections with over 1.6 million confirmed cases. The United States likewise had the highest number of confirmed deaths linked to the coronavirus, with the next highest country, the United Kingdom, reporting 37,542 deaths as of Wednesday.
The milestone came as states began to relax restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the University of Washington‘s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the coronavirus may cause roughly 32,000 more deaths in the United States by August 4.