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The number of coronavirus deaths in America is rising to 53,396 and the number is getting closer to 1 MILLION

More than 53,000 Americans have been killed by the coronavirus pandemic and confirmed cases are creeping closer to the million-dollar mark as states begin testing their residents for antibodies.

The death toll from the U.S. coronavirus rose to 53,396, and infections reached 945,976 as of Saturday afternoon, with numbers continuing to rise as states begin to release their daily figures.

Daily coronavirus deaths declined to 2,113 on Friday, down 2,416 on Thursday and significantly lower than the most deadly US day since the pandemic when 2,524 Americans died on April 15.

As the death toll declined, the number of confirmed cases rose Friday with a record rate of 36,008 on Friday, up from a daily business toll of 34,828 Thursday and the previous peak of 35,579 on April 10.

The death toll of the U.S. coronavirus rose to 53,396 and infections reached 945,976 as of Saturday afternoon, with numbers rising further as states begin to release their daily numbers

The death toll of the U.S. coronavirus rose to 53,396 and infections reached 945,976 as of Saturday afternoon, with numbers rising further as states begin to release their daily numbers

Confirmed cases are getting closer to the million mark with Saturday 945,976 infections

Confirmed cases are getting closer to the million mark with Saturday 945,976 infections

Confirmed cases are getting closer to the million mark with Saturday 945,976 infections

The US remains the hardest hit country in the world, with both the highest number of confirmed cases and the highest death toll.

It has more than double the death toll from the following worst-hit countries of Italy and Spain.

By comparison, Italy has registered 26,384 deaths and Spain has killed 22,902 as of Saturday afternoon.

A predictive model the White House relied on this week raised the forecast of expected deaths in the U.S. by 10 percent to 66,000 by August.

The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation now expects the national death toll to reach 65,976 in August – 5,561 more than previously forecast.

New York State alone has 16,599 deaths and 282,143 cases.

The US epicenter for the crisis saw a renewed spike in deaths on Friday, following a steadily decreasing daily death toll.

Another 437 people died of coronavirus in the state on Friday, an increase from the 422 deaths recorded on Thursday.

Before Friday’s peak, the state registered a drop in deaths for five days in a row.

The state’s affairs rose by 10,553 to a total of 282,143 on Friday, and 1,184 people were hospitalized.

Nursing home residents were responsible for 19 of these deaths and 418 hospitalizations.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the rise in fatalities at a news conference Saturday, where he confirmed that antibody testing for New Yorkers has begun today.

Cuomo said the state will conduct antibody tests starting Saturday at four downstate hospitals in New York and transit workers in New York City and the NYPD.

The state also allows independent pharmacists to conduct diagnostic coronavirus testing and open up the suitability of testing to all healthcare providers, health professionals, and essential workers.

The state now tests an average of 20,000 people a day and this week created a template with the federal government to distribute responsibility between federal and state governments.

New York State conducts more per capita diagnostic tests than any other country in the world, as well as more tests than the rest of the U.S. combined.

The antibody test, which tests for evidence that a person has already had the virus, will begin in the state on Saturday in some of the hardest hit hospitals in New York City, as well as with the city’s police and transit personnel.

Cuomo also said that no decision had yet been made about lifting the New York Social Distance Guidelines, but will be discussed further next week as he works with other governors in the three-state area to outline staged openings.

Other states across the country have been less cautious about their reopening plans, as several governors have relaxed the rules for locking, despite the rising rate of deaths and infections.

Oklahoma, Colorado, Georgia, South Carolina, Alaska, Tennessee, Montana, and Texas have all announced partial reopenings during the pandemic.

It’s because health experts and some governors in parts of the country have warned that premature easing of movement restrictions could lead to a wave in new cases.

Georgia became one of the first states to ease lockdown restrictions as Republican Governor Brian Kemp issued CDC warnings and even override President Trump’s criticism of having some non-essential companies reopen on Friday.

Barber shops, nail salons, gyms, tattoo parlors and a few other companies have reopened in Georgia after a month-long shutdown.

But the scenes in Georgia were far from the enthusiastic shot Kemp had hoped for, as many companies closed their doors in protest of the move to reopen so soon.

Meanwhile, anti-lockdown protesters have taken to the streets in several states this week to demand an end to home orders.

One of the country’s biggest anti-lockdown protests was held on Friday as thousands flooded the Wisconsin State Capitol and South Carolina residents held a mobile protest at the Statehouse.

A huge crowd of protesters gathered to protest home warrants imposed by Governor Tony Evers during the COVID-19 pandemic in Madison.

They were particularly outraged by the recent extension of Wisconsin’s home stays, which continued through May 26, by Governor Evers.

Meanwhile, California residents flocked to the beaches during a heat wave on Friday, despite Governor Gavin Newsom’s request to stay home and capture the state’s deadliest day of the pandemic with 115 fatalities in the 24 hours of Wednesday through Thursday.

People gathered on the grounds of the Wisconsin State Capitol at a Reopen Wisconsin meeting in Madison Friday

People gathered on the grounds of the Wisconsin State Capitol at a Reopen Wisconsin meeting in Madison Friday

People gathered on the grounds of the Wisconsin State Capitol at a Reopen Wisconsin meeting in Madison Friday

One of the country's biggest anti-lockdown protests was held on Friday as thousands flooded the Wisconsin State Capitol

One of the country's biggest anti-lockdown protests was held on Friday as thousands flooded the Wisconsin State Capitol

One of the country’s biggest anti-lockdown protests was held on Friday as thousands flooded the Wisconsin State Capitol

Georgia became one of the first states to ease restrictions on the shutdown of coronavirus as Governor Brian Kemp pushed aside CDC warnings and even President Trump's criticism of reopening some non-essential companies. The bowling alley will not be reopened - despite the relaxation of the rules around non-essential businesses

Georgia became one of the first states to ease restrictions on the shutdown of coronavirus as Governor Brian Kemp pushed aside CDC warnings and even President Trump's criticism of reopening some non-essential companies. The bowling alley will not be reopened - despite the relaxation of the rules around non-essential businesses

Georgia became one of the first states to ease restrictions on the shutdown of coronavirus as Governor Brian Kemp pushed aside CDC warnings and even President Trump’s criticism of reopening some non-essential companies. The bowling alley will not be reopened – despite the relaxation of the rules around non-essential businesses

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