At least 300,000 people globally have died of COVID-19 as of Thursday afternoon, according to a database maintained by Johns Hopkins University.
More than 4.4 million people globally have contracted the coronavirus as of Thursday. With 1.4 million confirmed cases, the U.S. has, by far, the world’s highest number of infections. Russia and the U.K. have the second and third highest number of cases, with about 250,000 and 230,000 confirmed infections, respectively.
The world reached the milestone as public health experts warn that President Donald Trump is rushing to reopen the U.S. too quickly and has failed to orchestrate an adequate national response.
“Our window of opportunity is closing,” Rick Bright, an ousted government vaccine official, said in testimony before Congress on Thursday. “If we fail to develop a national coordinated response, based in science, I fear the pandemic will get far worse and be prolonged, causing unprecedented illness and fatalities.”