As in most cases of outbreak, pandemic, or emergency, it has always been the struggle for supremacy between countries, and the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that there is a battle between China and the United States.
However, all of these nations have been shaken by this highly infectious virus. At some point, they were all at risk of economic decline as the unemployment rate was high due to various measures to curb the spread.
China, which is the source of the outbreak, has confirmed over 82,995 cases with 4,634 deaths, and the United States, which is now the world leader, has confirmed over 1,757,355 cases with 102,815 deaths.
The first case in the U.S. was confirmed on January 20. Two days later, US President Donald Trump told the public that the situation was completely under control and assured that everything would be fine. But after four months, the virus is now visible in all 50 states in the country.
Many experts have now looked at the situation in the United States and how it relates to the whole world in the face of this coronavirus.
While it is apparent that the US peaked in several confirmed positive cases in early April, the cases have increased dramatically since then and the country is still the leader.
Initially, the US president said that 50,000 to 60,000 people could die from this COVID-19, and later in May said that the death toll would be less than 100,000. However, this benchmark is currently being achieved. Over 100,000 reported cases and additional cases are expected in the coming days.
Trump claims that the high number of cases and related deaths is relative to the country’s population. The country has a population of around 331 million people. This is far less than the population of 1.439 billion China or even India with 1.38 billion inhabitants. This implies that there is no certainty that Us has effectively dealt with the virus, as Trump claims.
If it’s just countries like Belgium that have a smaller population of 11.5 million and have had over 57,592 cases and 9,364 deaths, Trump’s claims can be justified.
In Belgium, this means that approximately 80 out of 100,000 people have died and 30 out of 100,000 people in the United States have died as a result of this current outbreak.
Although different media around the world are comparing COVID-19 mortality rates in different countries around the world, the problem is that these countries use different parameters to scale their deaths.
For example, Belgium includes suspected deaths that are not confirmed by tests.
There are also doubts about some numbers from other countries, for example, China, which has been criticized for undervaluing its outbreak.
Another problem is that countries could be at different stages of an outbreak. In many European countries, it is clear that the daily number of cases drops significantly and exceeds the peak. But the same cannot be said for the USA at the moment.
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