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The U.S. coronavirus death toll has exceeded 200,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

More than 6.8 million people are known to have been infected in the United States, more than any other country.

The milestone is an increase in cases in a number of states, including North Dakota and Utah.

In March, President Donald Trump said if the deaths were between 100,000 and 200,000 the country would have done a “very good job”.

The previous month, when 15 cases had been reported in the country, he predicted the number would be “close to zero” within a few days.

JHU reported the new death toll of 200,005 on Tuesday. The university has been collecting US and global coronavirus data since the outbreak began in China late last year. The first case in the US was confirmed in January.

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President Trump’s administration has been repeatedly criticized for handling the outbreak.

“Because of Donald Trump’s lies and incompetence over the past six months, [we] have seen one of the greatest losses to American life in history, “said Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Monday.

“With this crisis, a real crisis, a crisis that required serious leadership from the president, he just wasn’t able to. He froze. He failed to act. He panicked. And America has the worst price of any nation paid to the world. “

But on the same day, Mr Trump said he and his administration did “a phenomenal job” giving themselves an “A +” for his handling of the pandemic.

He said the US would “go around the corner of the pandemic with or without a vaccine”.

How is the current situation in the USA?

North Dakota has seen a sharp increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. According to official figures, there were more than 3,200 active cases in the state as of Monday while 87 people are in the hospital.

According to the Associated Press news agency, the state ranks first in the country in terms of the number of cases per capita over the past two weeks.

Cases are also increasing in states like Utah, Texas, and South Dakota. On Tuesday, Wisconsin renewed a public health emergency ordinance for the third time since July 30th.

There is growing concern that infections will continue to increase over the winter months.

US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci warned earlier this month that Americans should “squat” for fall and winter.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removed airborne coronavirus transmission guidelines, updated on Friday.

In the council now removed, the CDC said the virus could spread via particles that remain in the air and advised the use of air purifiers indoors.

The CDC said this was “a draft of the proposed changes” and was “published in error”.

The CDC is a respected agency providing public health guidance to the United States. Many other countries also turn to the CDC. When it updated its coronavirus guidelines last week to say the coronavirus was in the air – meaning it spreads through tiny droplets that linger in the air – there was a surprise.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was unaware of any new evidence that the virus was spreading this way. The CDC later withdrew this guide, which stated that “a draft version” was inadvertently published.

WHO says the evidence of aerosol transmission is not strong and the main route is human-to-human spread through larger breath droplets from coughing and sneezing. However, it is recognized that aerosol transmission can occur in closed, crowded spaces with inadequate ventilation.

In the latest guidelines posted on its website, the CDC advised against doing trick or treating on Halloween, one of America’s most popular celebrations.

The agency also recommended against costume parties or visiting a haunted house.

The CDC said Americans should instead carve pumpkins or decorate their homes with a creepy theme.

How did Trump react to the outbreak?

The U.S. announced its first confirmed case of coronavirus on Jan. 21. A day later, Mr. Trump said the situation was “completely under control”.

But cases increased rapidly and by April the US was at the epicenter of the pandemic, surpassing the number of cases in China, where the virus began, and Italy, the worst-hit European country at the time.

New York was the hardest hit area in the early days of the outbreak, reporting more confirmed coronavirus cases than any single country outside of the United States at any given time. This was an unprecedented burden for rescue workers and front-line personnel.

While cases later fell in New York, they rose in other parts of the country.

Mr Trump told voters earlier this month that his action was “very strong” at the start of the outbreak.

He cited a ban on foreign travelers who were recently in China and went into effect in early February and a ban on travelers from European countries the following month as evidence of his efforts.

“We would have lost thousands of people if I hadn’t imposed the ban. We saved many lives in the process,” he said.

However, Mr Trump has been accused of being slow to implement measures to contain the virus.

In a statement last week, Scientific American magazine said that despite warnings in January and February, the US president “has not developed a national strategy to provide protective equipment, coronavirus tests or clear health guidelines”.

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Mr Trump has given conflicting messages about his own handling of the pandemic.

He told journalist Bob Woodward in February that the virus was “deadly stuff” but said the following month that he minimized its severity to avoid panic. “I always wanted to downplay it. I still like to downplay it because I don’t want to panic,” he told the journalist.

Speaking to voters this month, he denied doing so and said he actually “hyped it up”.

Mr Trump has also given conflicting guidelines on face masks which, on the one hand, demeaned them as unsanitary and, on the other, urged Americans to “show patriotism” by wearing them.

He has given news of vaccines that conflict with the CDC. He recently said Americans could have access to a vaccine as early as next month, while CDC Director Robert Redfield said a vaccine is unlikely to be widely available until mid-2021.

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