After the decline in April and May, the number of deaths related to the coronavirus has also increased: according to the Post, the country’s death toll in July was 25,259, an increase of more than 3,700 from the previous month. Health experts predict that the daily death toll in August will continue to rise, a few weeks away from the peak of infection. So far, more than 150,000 people in the United States have died of covid-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus.
With the increase in the number of infections and deaths, the country’s viral response still ruptured and stopped. Government officials at all levels debated in July whether to roll back the reopening plan, develop mask regulations, and other public health requirements suggested by leading health experts.
The pandemic has also had a serious impact on the economy. The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) shrank at an annual rate of 32.9% in the second quarter. At midnight on Friday, thousands of American workers lost $600 in unemployment benefits a week because congressional leaders failed to reach a consensus on expanding welfare payments, which has helped many families make ends meet in the past four months.