“Because people are not careful”: Biden expects 250,000 more corona deaths

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“Because people are not careful”
Biden expects 250,000 more corona deaths

Measured in absolute numbers, the USA is the country on earth most severely affected by the corona crisis. US President-elect Joe Biden expects hundreds of thousands more deaths in the coming months – if no appropriate measures are taken.

The US President-elect Joe Biden has warned Americans of the dramatic increase in the number of deaths in the corona pandemic and urged them to take protective measures. “I don’t want to scare anyone, but get the facts: we’re likely to lose another 250,000 people between now and January,” Biden said at an online event with employees and small business owners. “Do you understand me? Because people aren’t paying attention.” The spread of the virus must be contained.

Biden did not provide any information on what he based his estimate of 250,000 other dead. According to statistics from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the coronavirus has killed more than 270,000 people in the United States since the pandemic began. A model by researchers at the IHME Institute at the University of Washington in the US state of Seattle estimates that more than 502,000 deaths by the end of January in the case of relaxed protective measures, and more than 367,000 in the case of stricter protective measures. This model has also been cited several times in the past by the White House.

The coming months “will be tough”

CDC health chief Robert Redfield said at a US Chamber of Commerce event, “Unfortunately, I believe we could be close to 450,000 virus deaths by February.” However, that has not been agreed, but depends on the extent to which the Americans adhere to protective measures. “The reality is, December and January and February will be tough. In fact, I believe it will be the toughest times in this nation’s public health history.”

In the official residence of the outgoing President Donald Trump, despite the CDC warnings, celebrations over the Christmas period are being held, as the White House spokeswoman made clear on Wednesday. “If you can loot shops, burn down buildings and protest, you can go to a Christmas party,” Kayleigh McEnany said at a press conference at the White House.

McEnany alluded to the fact that the Democrats would criticize Trump’s public events in the pandemic, but not the – mostly peaceful – protests against racism and police violence. The celebrations are held responsibly and with protective measures, she stressed. Trump has repeatedly downplayed the threat posed by the virus.

The CDC health agency strongly advises against travel and family visits around all December holidays. “The best way to protect yourself and others is to postpone travel and stay at home,” said CDC employee Henry Walke at a telephone press conference. “We have to stop this exponential growth, so we ask the American people to prevent infections and postpone travel.”

Many ignored warnings

The CDC had already advised against family visits and travel for Thanksgiving last week. However, many people did not adhere to it. In the USA, families and large groups of friends traditionally come together for Thanksgiving – but there are also usually large gatherings at Christmas and other holidays in December.

In the United States, the authorities recently recorded 199,988 new infections within 24 hours. This is a survey by the “New York Times”. Overall, the number of proven cases of infection rises to more than 13.9 million. The number of people who have died related to the coronavirus increases by at least 2,885 to 273,518. In absolute terms, that’s more than in any other country in the world.

The number of Covid 19 patients treated as inpatients is also at an all-time high in the USA. According to the Covid Tracking Project from Wednesday evening, more than 100,000 patients had to be treated in hospital nationwide for the first time. CDC chief Redford also justified his urgent warning with the strain on the health system in the US states.

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