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Corona: The situation in Brazil and the USA is sometimes completely out of control

On normal days, cancer or heart disease are the leading causes of death in the United States. On Friday, January 15th, things were suddenly different: 3,744 corona deaths were recorded. This makes Covid currently the leading cause of death in the United States.

Particularly dramatic accounts can be heard from southern California. “Ambulances drive in circles for hours and cannot find an emergency room that can still take patients. The hospitals are running out of oxygen. The free capacity of the intensive care units is zero. Patients lie in the corridors and in tents, ”reports the news portal STAT of the horrific scenes in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

“Hideous”

The situation is “horrible” and completely out of control. And unfortunately it is representative of the situation in the entire country. The daily death toll in the United States is comparable to that recorded in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, experts report. 2,988 people died in the attack.

This trend of a daily 9/11 has long since established itself. The number of infections rose by 19 percent in the past two weeks, and the number of new infections every day to over 240,000. Since March 2020, Covid-19 has been the third leading cause of death in the United States, and the threshold of 400,000 corona deaths will shortly be reached.

Is there any relief in sight, perhaps thanks to the vaccination? Probably not, because the mutated virus variant “B.1.1.7”, which was sequenced for the first time in Great Britain, is also spreading in the USA. A similar “race” is taking place in Europe. While the number of infections in Great Britain and Ireland has already exploded, the mutant has spread massively in a Belgian old people’s home, for example.

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