Covid-19: more than 250,000 dead in the United States

The United States remains the country most affected by Covid-19. Since the appearance of a new strain of coronavirus in China at the end of 2019, more than 11 million cases have been identified in this country. Wednesday, November 18, the country crossed the barrier of 250,000 deaths, according to the latest figures published.

The United States has recorded an average of more than a thousand deaths every day over the past two weeks. Faced with this new acceleration of the epidemic, many states and metropolises have reintroduced restrictions, fearing the worst as the Thanskgiving holiday approaches, usually marked by large family reunions and many trips across the country. New York State has imposed a curfew on bars and restaurants, and will close its schools as of Thursday. The city hall of Chicago, the third largest city in the country, has called on its residents to stay at home, except for essential travel.

The vaccine hope

A study by the American Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), published at the end of October, estimated the excess mortality linked to the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States at 300,000 people, based on demographic models. Glimmer of hope: the announcement by the American companies Pfizer and Moderna of two very effective experimental vaccines against Covid-19, which, if they quickly received the green light from the United States Medicines Agency, could allow to proceed before the end of the year with the first vaccinations.

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