US coronavirus death toll surpasses American fatalities from the Vietnam War


Omar Rodriguez organizes bodies in the Gerard Neufeld funeral home in Queens on April 22, 2020 in New York City. The funeral home, which is close to Elmhurst Hospital, often has to take the phone off the hook as it rings continually.

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U.S. officials and public health specialists have repeatedly compared the country’s coronavirus mitigation efforts to that of a war, and now Covid-19 has taken more U.S. lives than the Vietnam War. 

The U.S. National Archives says that 58,220 American soldiers died in the Vietnam conflict, which began in 1955 and ended in 1975.

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  • Global cases: More than 1,026,900
  • Global deaths: At least 53,975
  • US cases: At least 245,500
  • US deaths: At least 6,058

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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Italy readies spending as death toll surpasses 12,000


VERDUNO, CUNEO, ITALY – 2020/03/31: Medical workers wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are pictured outside Verduno hospital (Alba-Bra hospital).

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The Italian government is ramping up spending plans “significantly” to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus, the country’s finance chief said, with the country’s death toll now surpassing 12,000.

Italy is the worst-hit country in Europe. The number of infections has reached 105,792, including 12,428 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The southern European nation has been in lockdown since early March, meaning that most of its economic activity has stopped. People are allowed outside of

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