On Wednesday, the United States recorded more COVID-19 deaths in a single day than the total number of deaths in at least 36 other countries since the beginning of the ongoing pandemic.
Data from Johns Hopkins University show that more than 2,800 new deaths were reported in the U.S., marking the largest increase in a single day and surpassing the previous peak of April 15, when more than 2,600 deaths were reported.
Although the U.S. may be the third most populous country in the world, Johns Hopkins University data show that the nation had more COVID-19 deaths on that one day than the total number of deaths reported in 36 countries worldwide. These countries include Japan, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Denmark, Thailand, South Korea, Greece, Paraguay, Lithuania, Afghanistan, Albania, Norway, Syria, Uruguay, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Belarus, Croatia, Armenia, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Venezuela, Kenya, Algeria, Malaysia, Syria, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Slovakia, Libya, Slovenia and Nigeria.
According to the data, countries such as Japan, Ireland, Greece, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Algeria have recorded over 2,000 COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, but their numbers have not exceeded the 2,800 deaths recorded in the U.S. on Wednesday.
On the other hand, countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Denmark, Thailand, South Korea, Norway, Venezuela, Malaysia, Lithuania and Uruguay have been able to control the spread of the new virus and keep their death toll below 1,000.
Not only does the United States have more deaths in one day than several other countries during the entire pandemic, it also has the highest number of deaths and cases of the new virus. The country has reported at least 273,746 COVID-19 deaths and more than 13.9 million cases.
The United States is followed by India with more than 9.5 million and Brazil with more than 6.4 million coronavirus cases. These three countries, along with Mexico, are also the only nations in which more than 100,000 people have died as a result of the novel virus.
The sharpest increase in single-day deaths in the U.S. occurred shortly after the Harvest Festival, which was expected to result in an increase in cases, deaths and hospitalizations. Doctors have warned that conditions in the United States could deteriorate further in the coming winter months.
On Wednesday, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that an additional 200,000 COVID-19 deaths could occur in the U.S. within the next three months if efforts to contain disease are not taken seriously.
“The reality is this: December and January and February will be tough times. In fact, I believe that this will be the most difficult time in the history of this nation’s public health,” Redfield said during a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event. “Unfortunately, I believe that before we see February, we could kill nearly 450,000 Americans from this virus.
Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, made a similar statement when he spoke to ABC’s This Week. He said the spread of the virus would not “suddenly reverse”.
“So clear is that we will have the same kind of thing in the next few weeks. And maybe even two or three weeks later… maybe we will see an increase on an increase,” Fauci said.
Washington Newsday contacted the Department of Health and Human Services for comments, but did not receive a response in time for publication.