Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 200,000 in US

Headline Roundup September 22nd, 2020

The official death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic reportedly surpassed 200,000 on Tuesday.

Overall, the news attracted more prominent attention from left- and center-rated outlets, some of which framed the mark as a sign of the country's purported failure to control the virus. Some coverage from right-rated sources placed more focus on vaccine development progress and current mortality rates.

Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 200,000 in US

From the Center
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The coronavirus has now killed 200,000 Americans, according to Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: Whatever context you try to put this in, it is a catastrophe of historic proportions — and is yet another reminder of America's horrific failure to contain the virus.

The coronavirus has killed a bigger share of the American population than it has in almost any other wealthy country.
The death toll here is equivalent to roughly 65 Sept. 11 attacks. Three times more Americans have died from COVID than died in the Vietnam...

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From the Right
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The U.S. COVID-19 death toll hit 200,000 Tuesday, a grim measure of the pandemic that has held the country in its grip for half a year and profoundly altered its day-to-day life.

The current coronavirus mortality rate in the United States is nowhere near what it was in April at the pandemic’s peak, when daily deaths would often surpass 2,000. By early July, the death toll had declined to a low of about 400. But as people resumed normal, pre-pandemic activities throughout the summer, new cases and deaths rose, especially...

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From the Left
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The United States has passed the milestone of 200,000 coronavirus deaths and the number is still climbing. Since the pandemic began, President Donald Trump has lied about the virus, downplayed its severity, and (in an impressive feat of scientific ignorance even for him) discouraged his followers and sycophants from wearing masks—even as his appointee to the CDC testified that absent a vaccine, a mask is the best way to protect yourself and everyone around you. But as the pandemic wears on and the election creeps closer, Trump—who has spent the...

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