US death toll due to coronavirus goes past 5,000; New York hit hard

WION Web Team
Washington Published: Apr 02, 2020, 09.05 AM(IST)

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At least 5,116 people have now died due to the virus. On Wednesday, the country recorded the biggest single-day rise in casualties from the virus at 884

According to Johns Hopkins University coronavirus live tracker, the death toll in the US crossed 5,000 as the country battles the deadly virus.

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At least 5,116 people have now died due to the virus. On Wednesday, the country recorded the biggest single-day rise in casualties from the virus at 884.

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The US now has more deaths due to the virus than China which was the epicenter of the virus some months back. The US death toll is however lower than Italy and Spain which has witnessed higher casualties.

There are 215, 417 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States which is now the highest in the world. Italy has 110,574 cases followed by 104,118 in Spain.

Over 900,000 people have been infected by COVID-19 and nearly 46,000 have died due to the virus since it first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan on December 31.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), said the number would hit one million "in the next few days."

"I am deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of infection," he said.

"The entire world is shut down," said US President Donald Trump. "It's very sad."

"We're going to have a couple of weeks, starting pretty much now, but especially a few days from now, that are going to be horrific. But even in the most challenging of times, Americans do not despair. We do not give in to fear," Trump said.

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