The United States reached a grim milestone when the number of coronavirus-related deaths exceeded 1,000 in the country on Thursday, according to an NBC News count.
The number of reported US-related deaths related to the disease was at least 1,001 as of Thursday morning, and more than 68,000 cases have been reported. According to Johns Hopkins University, 21,000 deaths have been reported worldwide.
The University further increases the death toll in the United States as the NBC News count, list 1,050 from about 2:30 p.m. ET.
In New York, which was described as the epicenter of the epidemic in the United States, deaths continued to increase. By early Thursday, there had been at least 334 deaths related to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
“We still have an increase in trajectory. We have not turned the trajectory or reached the apex,” said New York governor Andrew Cuomo at a press conference on Wednesday.
The governor added that there seemed to be some early evidence that New York’s “density control plan” might help slow hospitalization rate forecasts, but he seemed cautious at treating the signs at this stage.
As of Wednesday evening, there were more than 32,700 cases in the state, of which more than 20,000 were reported in New York City the city’s health department. There were 132 deaths in Washington State, Health officials say.
The number of NBC News includes active cases, those who have recovered, those who have died, those who have been returned to the U.S. from other countries, and cases in U.S. territories.
The Senate approved a historic $ 2 trillion corona virus bill Wednesday night, which includes direct payments to Americans, an increase in unemployment insurance and other measures to help those who have lost their jobs and to try to address the economic consequences alleviate the crisis. The house is expected to vote on Friday.
State and local governments across the country have issued orders or requests to stay at home and, in some cases, ordered the closure of nonessential companies to slow the spread of the virus and prevent health system overload.
Major sports have been canceled or suspended, gambling has ceased in Las Vegas and the rest of Nevada, and bars and restaurants have been closed in places where orders have been placed for home use, or orders have been made to take away and deliver.
In Los Angeles, which, together with California, ordered the closure of nonessential companies to slow the spread of the virus, the mayor warned, “We haven’t seen the darkest days.”
“People who think we’ll be done in a couple of weeks are just not going anywhere,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti at a press conference on Wednesday.
Countries around the world are enforcing stricter blocking measures to prevent people from gathering or traveling. India, a country with a population of 1.3 billion, started its second day on Thursday.
In Italy, the death toll reached 7,503 on Thursday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
In Spain, the death toll in China – the epicenter of the virus – was exceeded by at least 3,647.