The United States reached 800,000 death from Covid-19 last night. The Johns Hopkins University estimate that has become the quasi-official death toll from the disease reached that figure at around 8 p.m. Washington time, which is 2 a.m. in continental Europe.
Death toll from COVID in the U.S. exceeds 800,000
In the last two months alone, 100,000 Americans have died of Covid-19, at a rate of more than 1,500 people a day.
If one makes the comparison, one finds that this is a third of the highs reached in the month of January, in the last days of Donald Trump’s presidency. 1% of the elderly in the US have died from this disease.
The president, Joe Biden, issued a statement after the news broke calling it a “patriotic duty” to “keep the country safe, protect yourself and those around you, and honor the memory of those who have died.”
Citizens, however, seem to have taken that idea very loosely. According to Bloomberg news agency, only 60.9% of the U.S. adult population is fully vaccinated.
The Republican opposition has based part of its policy on the rejection of measures to control activities to combat Covid, to the point that the governor of the state of Florida, Don DeSantis, has focused his pre-campaign to run for the presidency in 2024 on his opposition to imposing confinements and making masks mandatory in public places.
It is a curious political strategy, which could be summarized in the formula of “winning elections by killing the voter”, given that the impact of Covid-19 is much greater in Republican counties than in Democratic counties.