Washington DC: U.S. passed another grim coronavirus milestone Monday as the virus’ death toll climbed past 130,000, according to a tally maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The country had 2,888,729 cases of COVID-19, and 130,007 deaths in Washington as of midday, the university reported.
The United States, the hardest hit country in the world, both in confirmed cases and deaths, has experienced a resurgence of the disease since June, forcing several states to suspend their phased economic reopenings.
The number of new everyday infections hit a record 57,683 on Saturday. When the death toll passed the May 27 mark of 100,000, President Donald Trump expressed satisfaction at the decline in the number of new infections, even though experts warned of a possible resurgence.
Despite the deteriorating trend, officials in the White House tell the US economy, which in March and April got into a nosedive due to lockdowns, won’t be shut down again.