The number of deaths from coronaviruses in the United States, now 116,526, has surpassed the 116,516 US soldiers who died during World War I (1914-1918).
This Tuesday the number of deaths rose to 116,526, a quarter of the total number of deaths from the disease worldwide. This figure is already higher than the number of deaths in World War I, when 116,516 soldiers died and 320,000 were injured.
According to a World War encyclopedia, produced by several research centers around the world, 53,402 U.S. soldiers lost their lives in combat and 63,114 died from disease, the vast majority from the influenza pandemic that spread in 1918.
To date, more than 2.1 million people in the US are infected with coronavirus, a figure that has skyrocketed in recent weeks in more than a third of the 50 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and Washington.
US President Donald Trump, for his part, lowered these estimates and was confident that the final figure would be more like 50,000 to 60,000 deaths, although in his latest estimates he predicted up to 110,000 deaths, a number that has also been exceeded.