US COVID-19 Death Toll Crosses 20,000, Now World’s Highest

US COVID-19 Death Toll Crosses 20,000, Now World’s Highest

US COVID-19 Death Toll Crosses 20,000, Now World’s Highest

The IHME model now shows about 60,000 people in the USA could die from coronavirus, when earlier estimates showed numbers upwards of 100,000 deaths.

Globally, confirmed infections rose above 1.7 million, with more than 100,000 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Dr Anthony Fauci, US infectious diseases chief, concurred that the US is "starting to see the levelling off and coming down" of cases and deaths, but added that despite the "important advance", mitigation efforts such as social distancing should not be pulled back yet.

With authorities warning that the crisis in NY is far from over, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city's 1.1 million-student school system will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.

To reopen safely, USA communities must be able to verify whether anyone who has symptoms has contracted the disease, said Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University.

"The last thing we want to see is an uptick in the infection rate", Cuomo told reporters. "These are just incredible numbers depicting incredible loss and pain".

Although the pandemic originated in China last December, it now only accounts for 3,343 deaths with 83,003 confirmed cases.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, chairman of the National Governors Association, and vice-chair Governor Andrew Cuomo of NY on Saturday urged the federal government to provide immediate fiscal relief for states battling the outbreak. Due to a surge in deaths caused by the Coronavirus, hospitals are using refrigerated trucks to makeshift morgues.

The United States passed Italy Saturday and now has 18,860 deaths from COVID-19, Johns Hopkins data shows.

There are now at least 522,286 recorded cases of Covid-19 across the United States.

More than 2 million tests have been done in the country so far, but the tests are not available to many who need them, said Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

After an initial two-week social mitigation measures, that includes social distancing, the measures have been extended till April 30.

A couple in their protective masks relax in Union Square in Manhatten.

President Donald Trump has always argued that his country is reporting the highest figures because it is conducting more tests than any other in the world. "It's the biggest decision I've ever had to make".

But on Saturday the two top Republicans in Congress, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, rejected the demand.

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