US reopens many businesses, despite the country’s COVID-19 death rate growing faster and being higher than most nations

This chart has been updated as of May 17, 2020.

Country ……………….….. COVID-19 deaths/1M pop
……………………….……… 5/17 …………… 4/17 …… Change

Belgium …………………….. 777 ……………… 419 …….. +85%
Spain ……………………….. 590 ………………. 409 …….. +44%
Italy …………………………. 525 ………………. 367 ……. +43%
United Kingdom ……………. 508 ………………. 202 ……. +151%
France ………………………. 422 ……………….. 274 ……. +54%
Sweden …………………….. 363 ……………….. 132 …….. +175%
US …………………………… 260 …………..……. 86 ….…. +202%
Canada ……………………… 148 …………….….. 28 …..… +429%
Germany ……………………… 94 ………………… 46 ….…. +104%
Norway ……………………….. 43 ………………… 25 ……… +72%
World average …………….… 41 ………………… 18 …….. +128
Mexico ………………………… 37 ……………….. 3.5 …….. +957%
Japan …………………………. 5.9 ……………….. 1.2 …….. +392%
South Korea ………………….. 5.1 ……………….. 4.5 ………. +13%
Australia …………………..….. 3.8 ……………….. 2.5 ………. +52%

States ……………….….. COVID-19 deaths/1M pop
……………………….……… 5/17

New York …………………… 1,451
New Jersey …………………. 1,167
Connecticut ………………… 956
Massachusetts ……………… 841
Washington, D.C. …………… 545
Louisiana ……………………. 536
Michigan …………………….. 490
Rhode Island ………………… 471
Pennsylvania ………………… 351
Illinois ……………………….. 330
Maryland …………………….. 329
Delaware …………………….. 298
National average …………… 260
Florida ………………….…….. 92
California …………………….. 82
Texas …………………………… 46
Alaska ………………………….. 14
Wyoming ………………………. 14
Hawaii ………………………… 12

Sources: COVID-19 death stats taken from World Health Organization.
US states stats taken from Johns Hopkins University.
Population figures to compute deaths per million residents taken from US Census Bureau for states and Worldometers for countries besides US.

Many US states are reopening nonessential businesses, even though the US has one of the fastest growing COVID-19 death rates in the world. [Macau Photo/Unsplash]

Urged by Donald Trump and other Republicans, many US states are reopening nonessential businesses, even though the US has one of the fastest growing COVID-19 death rates in the world.

As of May 17, the US led the world with more than 86,000 deaths, according to World Health Organization figures. The death rate of 260 per one million population ranked seventh among major industrial countries.

Belgium, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, and Sweden were ahead of the US. But the US had the fastest growth rate in the past month among those nations, more than tripling the rate of 86 deaths per one million residents as of April 17.

Sweden, a country that has not shut down many businesses but is trying a “herd immunity” approach with disastrous results, came closest to approaching the US growth in coronavirus-related deaths. Neighboring Norway, which has shut down nonessential businesses, had a death rate of about nine times lower than Sweden.

The US growth rate in the past month is lower than some countries, including Canada, Japan, and Mexico. Some of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world are seen in Australia, South Korea, and Japan, even with the latter nation’s recent growth spurt.

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Louisiana have the highest coronavirus-related death rates among US states. Hawaii, Alaska, and Wyoming have the lowest.



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