Official US Coronavirus Death Toll Now Over 100,000

Headline Roundup May 27th, 2020

The official United States death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic surpassed 100,000 on Wednesday. The milestone incited a wave of media coverage, reactions and reflections on the extent of the pandemic in the U.S. over the past four months.

Many reports compared the death toll to that of other historical disasters and armed conflicts. Some left-rated coverage framed the milestone as a blow to President Donald Trump, who's accused of downplaying the virus and purportedly leaving the nation unprepared. Some right-rated coverage looked more at specifics of the death toll, such as the hardest-hit communities and various supposed policy failures that led to otherwise preventable deaths.

From the Center

The novel coronavirus has killed more than 100,000 people in the United States, according to a Reuters tally on Wednesday, even as the slowdown in deaths encouraged businesses to reopen and Americans to emerge from more than two months of lockdowns.

About 1,400 Americans have died on average each day in May, down from a peak of 2,000 in April, according to the tally of state and county data on COVID-19 deaths.

In about three months, more Americans have died from COVID-19 than during the Korean War, Vietnam War and...

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From the Right

Almost exactly three months ago, the first major outbreak of COVID-19 within the United States occurred at a nursing home in Washington state.

Now, after more than 100,000 Americans have died from the disease that has swept across the country and wrecked wide swaths of the economy, it appears that nursing homes are still the most vulnerable places—by a wide margin.

In at least 22 states, more than half the reported COVID-19 fatalities have occurred in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state-reported data aggregated by researchers...

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From the Left

In just under four months, more than 100,000 Americans are now reported to have died from the novel coronavirus, a grim milestone President Donald Trump once suggested the country would never see.

Roughly a month ago, Trump, at a White House task force briefing, said, "It looks like we'll be at about a 60,000 mark, which is 40,000 less than the lowest number thought of."

A few days later, on April 24, he again sought to highlight a lesser number: "Minimal numbers were going to be 100,000 people. And we're...

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