Covid-19 death toll in America surpasses World War 2 fatalities

Covid-19 death toll in America surpasses World War 2 fatalities

THE TOTAL number of Americans who have died as a result of coronavirus has now surpassed the number of Americans who died in World War Two.

As of yesterday, a John Hopkins University tracker showed that 405,400 people in America have now died from the virus - topping the 405,399 American soldiers and civilians who died between 1939 and 1945 during human civilisation's bloodiest war.

Worldwide, there have been over 96 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the outbreak began over a year ago.

The United States is the worst-hit nation, with its citizens accounting for around one-fifth of the two million global Covid-19 deaths.

President Joe Biden has said that tackling the coronavirus crisis will be his administration's number one priority, following what many in the country see as a period of extreme mismanagement on behalf of Donald Trump.

"We need all our strength to persevere through this dark winter," Biden said during his inauguration on Wednesday,

"We're entering what may be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus."

Biden's administration is targeting the inoculation of 100 million Americans in 100 days.

They also hope to revive and revamp and vaccination rollout programme that had run aground during the last few weeks of Trump's time in office.

The presence of a number of a new variants of the virus, including ones first identified in England and in South Africa in recent weeks, have made battling the virus an even tougher task.

The World Health Organization claim that the UK variant has now spread to over 60 nations around the world, and is understood to be 70% more transmissible than the original form of the virus.

Thankfully though, a recent study conducted by BioNTech shows that the Pfizer vaccine is just as effective at fighting the original strain of Covid-19 as it is with the mutant strain.

Here's hoping the same goes for all the vaccines.