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Global Statistics

All countries
231,978,166
Confirmed
Updated on September 25, 2021 11:22 am
All countries
206,873,153
Recovered
Updated on September 25, 2021 11:22 am
All countries
4,752,860
Deaths
Updated on September 25, 2021 11:22 am
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US reaches 200K coronavirus deaths after Trump praises administration for doing ‘phenomenal job’ on pandemic

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US reaches 200K coronavirus deaths after Trump praises administration for doing ‘phenomenal job’ on pandemic

, USA TODAY
Published 11:48 a.m. ET Sept. 22, 2020 | Updated 3:20 p.m. ET Sept. 22, 2020

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The U.S. has reached 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Now experts are looking ahead, and the forecast for the fall and winter isn’t good.

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The USA reached yet another dark milestone Tuesday: 200,000 coronavirus deaths.

As states grapple with opening restaurants, small businesses and schools, cases are peaking in Montana, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data. Social distancing fatigue and contention over mask wearing threaten to compound COVID-19 cases and deaths as the year goes on.

In March, President Donald Trump said keeping the death toll at 100,000 to 200,000 people would indicate that his administration had “done a very good job.”  As the number continued to climb, Trump sought to reshape the significance of the death tally.

“If we didn’t do our job, it would be three and a half, two and a half, maybe 3 million people,” Trump said Friday, leaning on extreme projections of what could have happened if nothing were done to fight the pandemic. “We have done a phenomenal job with respect to COVID-19.”

COVID-19 deaths outpaced projections made as recently as May, when experts at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington predicted about 180,000 deaths by October. That model predicts 378,000 deaths by January. The USA reached 100,000 cases in May.

Public health experts are concerned more lives are at risk as the country nears the beginning of flu season, which is associated with tens of thousands of deaths each year.

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“It’s hard for me to think of a positive scenario where things are going to get better in October and November,” said Dr. John Swartzberg, professor emeritus of infectious diseases and vaccinology at the University of California-Berkeley. “I don’t see behavior changing adequately. I don’t see testing ramping up. I see political winds continue to be oppressive to doing the right things.”

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Contributing: Jorge L. Ortiz and Joshua Bote, USA TODAY; Julie Pace, The Associated Press

Follow Adrianna Rodriguez on Twitter: @AdriannaUSAT.

Health and patient safety coverage at USA TODAY is made possible in part by a grant from the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation and Competition in Healthcare. The Masimo Foundation does not provide editorial input.

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