WASHINGTON, DC, July 14 – The number of coronavirus related deaths rose last weekend in most states in the country. Many public health experts warn that this rise will accelerate as the health of the sickest patients deteriorates.
More than 135,000 people have died in the United States from COVID-19 related health complications, according to Johns Hopkins University. And the number is increasing now in some states where the outbreak did not have as much of an impact during the spring.
From May to the end of June, the daily number of deaths from coronavirus fell, largely due to the large drop in deaths and new infections in New York and New Jersey, as noted by The Washington Post.
However, the virus is now accelerating in states like Texas, Florida, California, and Arizona, and health authorities point out that not only are new cases increasing, but there has also been an increase in hospitalizations and the percentage of positive results.
The White House has argued that the increase in positives is due to increased testing, but the number of hospitalizations and the recent increase in deaths undermine this theory. Many experts already expected in late June that deaths began to increase during this month because the death curve is always a few weeks behind that of infections.
The virus continues to claim lives in New York as well, where more than 402,000 cases and at least 20,000 deaths have been reported. However, the rate of infections and deaths has slowed down considerably and New York City did not record any deaths (confirmed or probable) for the first time since the first death was confirmed four months ago this Sunday.