US deaths from the novel coronavirus topped 1,40,000 on Saturday as cases continued to increase over the past two weeks in 42 out of 50 states, according to a Reuters report. The US has seen a increase in new cases since late June and now, six weeks later, deaths have also started to rise, according to a weekly review by Reuters of state and county statistics.
America loses about 5,000 people per week to the virus. Neighboring Canada, by comparison, has recorded total 8,800 deaths since the pandemic started. The US reports almost as many deaths in just one week as the 5,600 lives Sweden has lost since the pandemic started earlier this year. Officials in the hardest-hit US counties run out of places to store bodies as their morgues fill up.
The City of San Antonio and Bexar County in Texas also bought five refrigerated trailers to hold up to 180 bodies. In some Southern states the presence of these mobile morgues fuelled the impression that the pandemic seems to be spinning out of control.