The number of deaths attributed to the new coronavirus now exceeds 50,000, according to data tracked by Johns Hopkins University.
The staggering figure comes just days after the death toll rose past 40,000 earlier this week, although tracking the actual number of positive cases and deaths from covid-19 has proven difficult with limited testing. The Johns Hopkins University tool uses data from several local and national health authorities and other resources to track the spread of the disease, including known cases, recovery and deaths.
Official figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, updated from Thursday afternoon, were not far behind. The health service placed the number of known deaths just below 49,000 most recent count, with the most deaths in New York, where the spread of the disease was particularly poor. Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday deaths New York State alone have now reached 16,162.
“Again, this is at an unimaginable level and it is declining somewhat. But it is still devastating news,” Cuomo said during his daily press conference. While the state has seen the lowest number of reported deaths in a 24-hour period in nearly a month this week, the number reported Thursday was still at 422.
The figures come as a miracle cure for the deadly disease not come true. In addition, CDC director Robert Redfield said this week that one second wave of coronavirus this fall and winter can be ‘more difficult’ if it happens simultaneously with the annual flu season – a situation one severe pressure on an already overwhelmed health care system that is buckling under the current Covid-19 crisis.
After a bizarre innuendo by President Donald Trump that Redfield was wrongly quoted, Redfield the concern repeated again during a coronavirus press briefing. The agency’s director added that people in the United States need to be diligent to get their flu vaccines this year, some of paramount importance to release resources for hospitals and health professionals who can fight the two at the same time.