The United States may mark 200,000 deaths because of the coronavirus at some point in September, said a leading expert, while total U.S. coronavirus cases surpassed 2 million as governments relax restrictions.
Ashish Jha, the head of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, in an interview said that without radical action, the number of U.S. deaths would proceed on.
“Even if we don’t have increasing cases, even if we keep things flat, it’s reasonable to expect that we’re going to hit 200,000 deaths sometime during the month of September,” Jha said. “And that’s just through September. The pandemic won’t be over in September.”
Expert Ashish Jha added that “I’m really worried about where we’re going to be in the weeks and months ahead.”
He said the deaths were not “something we have to be fated with” and could be stopped by ramping up testing and contact tracing, strict social distancing and widespread use of masks.
Several U.S. states have seen coronavirus cases surge in recent days, causing great concern among experts who say authorities are loosening restrictions too early.
New Mexico, Utah, and Utah each saw its number of cases rise by 40% for the week ended Sunday, according to a Reuters analysis. Florida and Arkansas are other hot spots.
Nationally, new infections are rising slightly after five weeks of declines, total cases stand at 2,003,038. However, Total U.S. coronavirus-related deaths totaled 112,754 on Wednesday, the most in the world. The coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 415,778 people worldwide since it surfaced in Wuhan, China late last year.