According to a COVID-19 database maintained by Maryland-based Johns Hopkins University, the United States surpassed 100,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus on Wednesday.
The Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University has recorded more than 100,000 deaths in the United States attributed to COVID-19 – 28% of all COVID-19 deaths worldwide.
AP Photo / John MinchilloWorkers wearing personal protective equipment bury bodies in a trench on Hart Island, Thursday, April 9, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York. On Thursday, New York City’s medical examiner confirmed that the city has shortened the amount of time it will hold on to remains to 14 days from 30 days before they will be transferred for temporary internment at a City Cemetery. Earlier in the week, Mayor Bill DeBlasio said that officials have explored the possibility of temporary burials on Hart Island, a strip of land in Long Island Sound that has long served as the city’s potter’s field.
However, as the Times and other outlets have reported, the true number of COVID-19 deaths is believed to be substantially higher than the official tally, as many people have died outside of hospitals or had their deaths attributed to other conditions or illnesses, even as their bodies struggled against the novel coronavirus.
While there is not yet even a reliable antiviral treatment for COVID-19, news spread earlier this week that human trials on a potential vaccine had begun in Australia.