According to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, the United States has seen more deaths from the pandemic than died in World War I. On Tuesday, the new figure revealed 740 new deaths in 24 hours which brought the country’s total death count to 116,854, the tracker from the Baltimore-based university showed.
The increase came after two days of death tolls under 400. In the last 24 hours the total number of deaths crossed 2,134,973 with fresh 23,351 cases. The US has become the hardest-hit of any country in the world.
The country is still recording 20,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus each day but the economy has started to reopen. Several states are even recording their highest levels of new cases since the start of the pandemic.
The Trump administration has already announced that there will be no further lockdown of the economy if a second full-blown wave of the epidemic arises. US President Trump was massively criticized for downplaying risks of the virus and instead focused on reviving the economy.
Trump has come under scrutiny for an upcoming campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma — his first since March when the pandemic halted mass gatherings. It is so far planned for an indoor arena that holds about 20,000 people.