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US surpasses 140,000 Covid-19 deaths as outbreak escalates

Jack Burton

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US deaths from Covid-19 surpassed the 140,000 mark yesterday as cases have continued to rise in 43 of the 50 states over the past 2 weeks. As of today the tally stands at 142,877. Since late June the US has seen a resurgence in new cases and now, 6 weeks later, deaths are also on the rise, according to a weekly Reuters analysis.

The US is losing about 5,000 people per week to the virus; in a single week, the nation records about as many deaths as the 5,600 lives Sweden has lost since the pandemic began earlier this year. In contrast, neighbouring Canada has reported a total of 8,800 deaths due to the virus.

In the hardest-hit US counties, officials are running out of places to store bodies as morgues fill up.

Authorities in Arizona’s Maricopa County, home to the state’s capitol and largest city, Phoenix, say they’re bringing in 14 coolers to hold up to 280 bodies and more than double morgue capacity ahead of an expected surge in fatalities.

In Texas, the city of San Antonio and Bexar County have acquired 5 refrigerated trailer trucks to store up to 180 bodies.

The appearance of such mobile morgues has created a sense in some Southern states that the pandemic is spinning out of control.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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    Peter

    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    To date no Covid-19 virus has been identified. There is no Covid-19 virus and no one has died from it. Tell the truth!!!

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      Fred Bohm

      Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 4:22 pm

      You are a moron!

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      Stuart

      Monday, July 20, 2020 at 6:16 am

      Just… wow! Did you know the earth is flat and men didn’t land on the moon because it’s made of cheese?

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    billy

    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    During the initial lock down many Americans, considered themsevles to be above being told what and what not to do. What, “You want me to wear a DAMN MASK”, ‘GET THE F@@K OUT of my FACE’ is the mindset of many here. Too proud, haughty, don’t want to be told what too do.and so we see a surge, an uptick in infections, worse then before. the least Americans should if nothing else is WEAR A DAYUM MASK MUTHA FUKAS!

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    billy

    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    You keep refusing to post my comments, may i ask why? im only an american nothing more nothing less speaking truth, telling it like it is. but you have not permitted my post. why you treating me like this Jack?

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    Gosport

    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Poor Sam.

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    mike

    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    oh my how sad.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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