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More Americans have died of COVID-19 than Union soldiers were killed on the battlefield during the Civil War. It’s a sobering statistic that comes at a time when Confederate statues are being toppled across the country.
By contrast, 140,414 Union soldiers fell while fighting rebel forces led by Confederate generals like Stonewall Jackson and racist politicians like Jefferson Davis, whose effigies are being evicted from the public square as part of the nationwide wave of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, a Black man, beneath the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer in May.
Two Major League Baseball games scheduled for Monday were canceled because of the coronavirus
By contrast, most of Texas’ deaths have been reported in recent weeks, after Gov. Greg Abbott began reopening the state even as the number of new cases was climbing. It wasn’t until three weeks ago that Abbott, a Republican and Trump ally, issued a mandate requiring Texans to wear masks while in public places.
Texas now has 395,242 confirmed cases, which puts the state on track to eclipse New York's total numberof new infections, the NBC News figures show.
New York has 417,894 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic as of Monday morning. California now has the most cases in the nation, with 459,576, and Florida is a close second with 423,855.
originally posted by: InterplanetaryHobo
When presenting the numbers as a percentage, the decimal needs to be moved to the right by 2 places. Thus infected rates are:
California - 1.1%
New York - 2.0%
Texas - 1.3%
Florida - 2.0%
For 110 years, the numbers stood as gospel: 618,222 men died in the Civil War, 360,222 from the North and 258,000 from the South — by far the greatest toll of any war in American history.
With all the uncertainties, Dr. Hacker said, the data suggested that 650,000 to 850,000 men died as a result of the war; he chose the midpoint as his estimate.