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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 97,722. Tuesday, 98,223. Wednesday, 98,929. Thursday, 100,442.
More than 100,000 people are dead in the United States because of a virus no one had heard of before late last year, until the microscopic pathogen brought life and lives to a halt.
The grim tally, which some compare to the casualties of war and previous disease outbreaks, is so gargantuan that it is difficult for even those trained to deal with death and grieving to get their arms around it.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE, who understands that a vaccine is the holy grail of halting the contagion, has said little this week about the fatalities. He had hoped on Wednesday to take advantage of a cheerier milestone with the SpaceX manned launch in Florida, but stormy weather postponed until Saturday the first U.S. blastoff with NASA astronauts in nearly a decade. He says he will fly back to Florida to see it.
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