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- Covid-19 deaths in the US.
The following data is from January to 20 May, and covers almost 70,000 Covid-19 deaths. It shows most deaths happened in the over-85s.
It is important to note the average age of Covid-19 deaths does vary from country to country.
According to Johns Hopkins University: “15% of Covid-19 deaths in Brazil have been in patients younger than 50 years old, and nearly a quarter of deaths in Mexico have been between the ages of 25 and 49 years.”
“Numbers alone cannot possibly measure the impact of the coronavirus on America…none were mere numbers,” the paper said.
The Brazilian paper O Globo did something similar on 10 May after Brazilian deaths passed 10,000. Since then, the death toll has passed 25,000.
Copyright: O Globo
One of Australia’s most popular sports – the National Rugby League – is resuming play today with a game between a NSW and Queensland team.
Fans are very happy to have the sport back on their screens – even though they won’t be able to attend games for a while under restrictions.
It’s the first professional sporting competition to be begin again in Australia, and one of the only contact sports in the world. As one commentator described it to the BBC: “They’ve got to sweat all over each other, wrestle all the time; bursting breath”.
But officials say that there are tough restrictions in places- and players and officials have to self-isolate outside of training and games.
And the nation has recorded no new cases for a sixth consecutive day. However, one 98-year-old woman in Auckland has died bringing the toll to 22 cases.
The last time there were signs of community transmission in the country was also more than a month ago, said director general of health Ashley Bloomfield.
From tomorrow, New Zealand will allow gatherings to increase from 10 to 100 people.
It has also indicated it may open up its borders to Australia in July. A tentative plan is due next week.
BBC North America Editor
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It’s an uncanny and almost tragically perfect piece of symmetry.
The number of US servicemen and women killed in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan – over an aggregate 44 years of fighting – is almost exactly the same as the number of Americans who’ve now lost their lives to coronavirus in just three months of America’s war against the hidden enemy, as Donald Trump likes to refer to Covid-19.
Now I know you could replace the Covid-19 deaths with US cancer deaths or road crash victims and come up with similarly stark or perhaps even more dramatic statistics.
But sadly, fatal automobile accidents and terminal tumours have always been with us. A global pandemic has not.
And out of nowhere 100,000 American families are, this spring, mourning loved ones, whose lives have been cut short by this virus.
US deaths in conflict:
- Korean War (1950-1953): 36,500
- Vietnam War (1961-1975): 58,000
- Iraq War (2003-2011): 4,500
- Afghanistan (2001-today): 2,000
- Covid-19 (Feb 2020- today): 100,000
Read more from our North America editor here
That’s more fatalities than any other country, while its 1.69 million confirmed infections account for about 30% of all cases worldwide.
The country’s death toll stands at 100,276, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University.
But on a per capita basis the US ranks ninth in its mortality rate behind the likes of Belgium, the United Kingdom, France and Ireland, according to the university.
Globally there have been 5.6 million people recorded as infected and 354,983 deaths since the virus emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.
Welcome back to our rolling coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. We begin with the grim news that more than 100,000 people have now lost their lives in the United States. Our correspondents and reporters will bring you analysis and insight into how we got here and what happens next.
Here are the other updates from around the world:
- A new cluster of infections in South Korea has been linked to a logistics centre outside Seoul
- Japan‘s government has approved a massive stimulus package to stop the pandemic pushing the world’s third-largest economy deeper into recession
- The EU has proposed a recovery fund worth €750bn (£670bn; $825bn). The package of grants and loans will be distributed among member states to help tackle the “unprecedented crisis”
- Cyprus has pledged to cover the holiday costs of anyone who tests positive for the virus after travelling there