US coronavirus death toll now world’s highest

US coronavirus death toll now world's highest
There are now more than 520,000 cases of Covid-19 across United States. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The United States has overtaken Italy and its coronavirus death toll now highest in the world.

More than 20,000 people in the US have now died from the virus, the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows.

The grim milestone comes shortly after the US became the first nation in the world to report more than 2,000 virus deaths in a single day.

On Saturday, the governor of New York Andrew Cuomo said the state’s death toll appeared to be stabilising.

Announcing 783 deaths in the last 24 hours, he said the last several days had seen around the same number.

Mr Cuomo said: “That is not an all-time high, and you can see that the number is somewhat stabilising but it is stabilising at a horrific rate. These are just incredible numbers depicting incredible loss and pain.”

New York state has become the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in the US, and the state has recorded more than 180,000 of the country’s nearly 530,000 cases. New York has suffered the highest death toll in the country.

Since the pandemic broke out in China in December, more than 100,000 people lost their lives across the world.

What’s the latest across the US?

Italy had reported 19,468 coronavirus deaths while the US had 20,608, according to the Johns Hopkins tally as of early Sunday. The figures show that the US death toll now world’s highest.

There are now at least 529,951 recorded cases of Covid-19 across the United States.

US infectious diseases chief, Dr Anthony Fauci has said the country is “starting to see the levelling off and coming down” of cases and deaths but says mitigation efforts such as social distancing should not be pulled back yet.

Federal social distancing recommendations, issued by President Donald Trump, are currently in place until 30 April.

President Trump is facing twin pressures from the outbreak: so many people have been dying and with at least 16 million jobs lost in recent weeks as virus restrictions cripple the country’s economy.

He said on Friday that a new council, made up of medical and business personalities, would be announced next week to help him with the “biggest decision I’ve ever had to make” on when to relax measure.

It comes as Congress continues to spar over the next stage of Covid-19 financial relief.

Democrats want a new proposed $250bn (£200bn) bill to help small businesses to also allow for additional funding for hospitals and local governments.

To help small businesses to also allow for additional funding for hospitals and local governments, Democrats want a new proposed $250bn (£200bn) bill.

Two top Republicans Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy rejected the demand on Saturday.

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