The United States has reached another somber milestone on the COVID-19 front, as the country saw its death toll exceed 200-thousand on Tuesday.
The number is far higher than any other country in the world.
Since the first known COVID-19 death was reported in the U.S. on February 6th, the country has seen an average of 858 COVID-19 deaths a day.
According to the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, COVID-19 is now the second-leading cause of death in the U.S., just after heart disease.
In a much grimmer comparison, the virus has now killed more people in the U.S. than American troops killed in battle during the five most recent wars combined, including the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Over the Atlantic,Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on the British public to comply with new rules in order to avoid tougher restrictions that would lead to another lockdown.
"So today I set out a package of tougher measures in England- early closing for pubs, bars; table service only; closing businesses that are not Covid secure; expanding the use of face coverings, and new fines for those that fail to comply; and once again asking office workers to work from home if they can while enforcing the rule of six indoors and outdoors - a tougher package of national measures combined with the potential for tougher local restrictions for areas already in lockdown."
His remarks come after the British government on Monday raised its COVID-19 alert status to level four, the country's second highest level.
Level four means an epidemic is “in general circulation” and “transmission is high or rising exponentially.”
Similar levels were put in place during the lockdown Johnson imposed in March.
While the country will not a see a full lockdown, it's certainly an abrupt reversal in message from the British government, which had previously urged people to return to work and hit the shops.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.