The coronavirus death toll has risen to 1,035 in the United States with more than 69,000 confirmed cases as the pandemic burden continues to increase across the country.
New figures released Wednesday show that New York, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, now has 50 percent of the country’s total confirmed coronavirus cases.
There are now over 33,000 confirmed cases in New York and more than 20,000 in New York City alone. There are 366 deaths in New York State, including 280 in the city.
Washington State, which was initially the epicenter after an outbreak in a Seattle nursing home, now has 2,600 confirmed cases and 133 deaths.
California reports 3,161 cases and 61 deaths, including the first child after a 17-year-old boy died with no known pre-existing conditions.
Texas has 1,150 cases and 14 deaths, while Florida reports 1,682 cases and 23 fatalities.
The coronavirus death toll has risen to 1,035 in the United States with more than 68,000 confirmed cases as the pandemic burden continues to increase across the country
Worldwide, infections by the new coronavirus were put on top of half a million people on Thursday, as both Italy and the United States were poised to surpass China, where the pandemic began.
The US currently ranks third behind China and Italy with the number of confirmed coronavirus cases.
Healthcare systems in both Europe and New York fell heavily under the weight of caring for critically ill victims, as officials were desperate for enough fans to keep them alive.
Faced with the exponential spread of the pandemic, the U.S. Senate has approved a $ 2.2 trillion economic bailout package for business aid, businesses, and health care systems. Millions of Americans hoped that the measure would give them a lifebuoy because they lost jobs, income and childcare due to the social distance rules required to slow the spread of the virus.
At least 1.5 billion people around the world are now subject to strict travel restrictions.
But the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, scolded world leaders for wasting precious time fighting the virus that has already killed more than 21,000 people, made millions unemployed, and devastated the world economy.
He called it “public enemy No. 1”.
It comes after the WHO unveiled a grim prospect for the United States this week, saying that the country could quickly become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, given the “ very rapid acceleration ” of confirmed infections.
New York has become a global virus hotspot, and the state governor says the number of infections doubles almost every few days.
Gov Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that more than 30,800 people had tested positive for the virus in his state, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, and more than 17,800 in New York City alone.
The state has reported 366 deaths and half of the reported infections in the country.
He said state measures to fight the coronavirus seemed to work, as hospital admissions had slowed in recent days.
New figures released Wednesday show that New York, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, now has 50 percent of the country’s total confirmed coronavirus cases
“That is almost too good to be true …” he said. “This is a very good sign and a positive sign, again not 100% sure if it’s right or right, but the arrows are heading in the right direction.”
It comes as an improvised morgue set up outside the Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan on Wednesday in an effort to accommodate any increase in coronavirus victims.
Armed military and NYC Medical Examiner’s Office set up white tents and refrigerated trucks outside the hospital, while health officials warned that the city’s morgues were approaching their capacity.
New York City also took aggressive new steps to fight the crisis on Wednesday by closing streets and asking people to quit basketball and other sports in public parks.
Gov Cuomo described street closings in New York City, where more than 8 million people live, as a pilot program. Vehicle closures are intended to allow pedestrians to walk down the street to allow greater ‘social distance’ to prevent infections.
The New York City Convention Center is being converted into a temporary hospital during the rising cases.
In a taste of what awaits the US, Spain has turned hotels into makeshift hospitals and turned a skating rink in Madrid into a temporary morgue. The contamination curve has not slowed in Spain, which now has more than 3,600 deaths, second after Italy’s death toll of 7,503.
In the United States, about half of the population is affected by those at home in at least 18 states.
The sweeping orders are aimed at slowing down the spread of the pathogen, but have disrupted everyday life as schools and businesses shut down indefinitely.
Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, urged people to understand the importance of each of them to stop the pandemic.
“For every American you protect, you protect others,” said Birx.
The impact of the coronavirus is increasingly being felt outside of the hotspots of the states of New York, California and Washington, with Louisiana and others facing a major crushing effect on their healthcare systems.
Louisiana, where large crowds of Mardi Gras celebrated in New Orleans and other locations last month, reported a spike in infections with 1,388 total confirmed cases and 46 deaths from mid-Tuesday.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump released the latest major federal disaster statements for Louisiana and Iowa late on Tuesday, freeing up federal resources to help states cope with the increasing number of cases of the dangerous respiratory disease caused by the virus that the state and local population threatens to overwhelm resources.
That brings the number of states to five that receive major disaster statements. New York – the state with the most infections and deaths by far – was given such status last weekend, as were the states of California and Washington.
A number of other U.S. states have also filed for major disaster status in recent days, including Florida, Texas, New Jersey, North Carolina, Missouri, Maryland, and South Carolina, as well as the U.S. Territory of the Northern Mariana Islands.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that more than 30,800 people had tested positive for the virus in his state, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, and more than 17,800 in New York City alone
An improvised morgue was set up outside Bellevue Hospital in New York City hospital on Wednesday to accommodate the potential increase in coronavirus victims
Multiple refrigerated trucks were lined up on the makeshift corpse along 30th Street and the FDR Drive parkway at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan