Coronavirus: U.S. Death Toll Passes 3,600 As Global Fatalities Top 40,500 – Update


UPDATED with latest: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday morning that the total number of coronavirus cases in the country has grown to 186,101, a jump of more than 22,500 for a second consecutive day and the most of any country in the world. The death toll nationally is now 3,603.

The World Health Organization reported Wednesday that the total number of confirmed cases is 823,626 globally. The confirmed death toll from COVID-19 worldwide is 40,598, with more than 4,000 deaths in the past 24 hours.

According to data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center this evening, the global total of coronavirus cases passed 930,000, with more than 46,800 deaths reported around the world. The Johns Hopkins numbers, which have been tracking higher than the official CDC and WHO numbers, report more than 192,900 people have been able to recover from the illness worldwide.

The continuing rise in cases and deaths comes as President Donald Trump this weekend extended the nation’s social distancing guidelines to April 30, backing off an earlier goal of lifting by Easter the restrictions that have shut down much of the U.S. economy.

The White House on Tuesday showed data for the first time that predicted the scope of the pandemic in the U.S., saying an estimated 100,000-240,000 Americans could die from COVID-19 during the current outbreak.

The Johns Hopkins data shows the U.S. with the most cases of any country — 206,207 by midday today. That’s more than 100,000 more cases than No. 2 Italy and No. 3 Spain.

Italy has the most deaths from COVID-19 for any country with 12,430, including 839 in the past 24 hours, per the WHO.

In the U.S., New York remains the most impacted state, with 83,712 cases as of Wednesday afternoon according to the New York State Department of Health and a reported 1,139 deaths per Johns Hopkins data. New York City alone has 47,439 cases, up 14,000 from Monday, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged health care workers from non-impacted states to come to help spell taxed doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel.

In California, the state department of health reported 6,932 positive cases and 150 deaths as of Monday. Gov. Gavin Newsom has made a similar request to Cuomo, creating legal room to bring soon-to-graduate medical students, recently retired workers and others to join the new California Health Corps.

Washington state, the original tip of the COVID-19 spear in the U.S., has spiked to 4,896 confirmed cases and nearing 200 deaths as of Monday night, but is now No. 9 in total cases nationwide behind New York, New Jersey, California, Michigan, Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois and Louisiana.

Twenty-six states now have more than 1,000 confirmed cases as of Tuesday, per the CDC, with Alabama and Utah next expected to reach that benchmark.

WHO director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday that he was “deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of infection” as the pandemic enters its fourth month.

“Over the past five weeks, we have witnessed a near exponential growth in the number of new cases, reaching almost every country, territory and area,” he said. “The number of deaths has more than doubled in the past week. In the next few days we will reach 1 million confirmed cases, and 50,000 deaths.”

He said 74 countries have either joined or are in the process of joining the WHO’s Solidarity trial, which is comparing four drugs and drug combinations to find a vaccine. As of Wednesday, he more than 200 patients had been randomly assigned to one of the study arms.

“Each new patient who joins the trial gets us one step closer to knowing which drugs work,” he said.

On Monday, Tedros said the COVID-19 pandemic is straining health systems around the world, which could impact non-coronavirus care. “Previous outbreaks have demonstrated that when health systems are overwhelmed, deaths due to vaccine-preventable and treatable conditions increase dramatically,” he added, noting “the WHO has published guidelines to help countries balance the demands of responding directly to COVID-19, while maintaining essential health services.”

He previously has called on countries to take a four-pronged strategy to combat the pandemic: 1) prepare and be ready; 2) detect, prevent and treat; 3) reduce and suppress; and 4) innovate and improve. That has led to much more restrictive policies worldwide, including in the U.S., which is under nationwide shutdown.

The WHO officially declared coronavirus a pandemic on March 11. Trump declared a national emergency March 13.

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