Published 28 September 2020
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By Ted MannUpdated Sept. 28, 2020 8:56 pm ET
The U.S. accounts for nearly a fifth of the more than 33.1 million Covid-19 cases reported globally
The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic reached one million world-wide on Monday, as several nations continue to struggle to contain a virus that has overloaded health-care systems, upended economies and remade daily life around the globe.
Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, is killing on average more than 700 people a day in the U.S., which leads the world in both confirmed cases and deaths. With more than seven million confirmed infections since the beginning of the pandemic, the U.S. accounts for nearly a fifth of the more than 33.1 million cases reported globally. More than 205,000 Americans have died.
“I hate to say it, but unfortunately what I’m expecting is more people dying from this virus,” said Carlos Del Rio, a professor of medicine at Emory University who focuses on infectious disease and global health. “I sometimes feel like we’ve just given up and are going to let the epidemic continue.”
The outbreak has been even more deadly as a percentage of cases in some other countries, data from Johns Hopkins University show. More than 10% of observed cases in Mexico have ended in death. In Bolivia, France and Iran, that figure is more than 5%, while the mortality ratio in the U.S. is 2.9%. Reporting and testing capabilities vary around the world, so the true extent of the virus may be higher.