On Dec. 9, the United States reported 3,164 deaths from COVID-19 – the highest figure of any pandemic day to date.
A figure that surpassed is the 2,977 people killed on 9/11. Or the death toll in the attack on Pearl Harbor that saw 2,390 Americans killed and surpasses the 2,500 U.S. soldiers killed on D-Day. It’s even a higher death toll than Hurricane Okeechobee in 1928, one of the deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history.
In fact, more American deaths were reported on Dec. 9 from a single disaster than on any other day in the past 100 years.
Of the 20 days with the most deaths from a single disaster event in the past century, 16 occurred this year. Ten of those days happened in December.The 20 days in the last 100 years with the most American deaths from a natural disaster, war or pandemic.
The latest wave of coronavirus deaths and cases in the United States began in October and is by far the worst. According to The COVID Tracking Project, at least 112,816 Americans have been hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Wednesday. That’s nearly double the number admitted during the first wave of infections in April, which peaked with fewer than 60,000 people admitted.
During that first wave, the deadliest day in the U.S. was May 7, when 2,752 deaths from the virus were reported. Five days in December have already eclipsed that high. Over the past week, an average of 208,932 people per day have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and deaths are averaging 2,472 per day. Since Oct. 1, more than 9.36 million Americans have gotten sick and more than 96,000 have died.
“In January, we will surpass 400,000 deaths,” Ashish Jha, dean of public health at Brown University, said Sunday in a tweet. So far, more than 305,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19.
Joe Biden, speaking to the nation from Wilmington, Delaware, for year-end greetings, said, “The darkest days of the pandemic are still ahead of us.”
“We are grateful for the vaccine,” he said, but there are still few doses for immunizations. Even with the start of the immunization campaign and the new measures “that I will put in place at the end of January, people will continue to get sick and die from the coronavirus.” “One thing I promise you about my leadership during this crisis, I will speak to you directly and that is the simple truth: the darkest days of this battle against Covid,” he remarked, “are ahead of us, not behind us. Biden added.
For weeks around the world has been launched the alarm with respect to the black market for vaccines
Washington – Hundreds of super rich Americans are offering thousands of dollars in exchange for the opportunity to vaccinate in advance and “jump the queue”. To tell the Los Angeles Times. In times of pandemic, however, the priority should go to the most exposed and fragile as the elderly and health workers in daily contact with the sick.
So it should be, but as always happens there are those who consider their health more valuable. “We get hundreds of phone calls every day from men and women offering tens of thousands of dollars to be able to get vaccinated early,” says Dr. Ehsan Ali, who heads the Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor.
by Jeremy Abbott – American Correspondent / WN