US recorded highest death toll in single day

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Daily US Times: The United States has recorded the most coronavirus deaths in a single day with 1,736 fatalities reported on Tuesday.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the number took the total deaths in the country to 12,722.

The US has the most confirmed cases in the world, more than 398,000, while global cases exceeded 1.4 million.

During a press conference, President Donald Trump said the US might be getting to the top of the “curve”.

Meanwhile, Wuhan, the Chinese city from where the outbreak has begun, ended its 11-week lockdown.

The new figures announced on Tuesday in the US are up on the previous record of 1,344 which was recorded on 4 April, but the number of deaths recorded on Tuesday is expected to rise with some states yet to share their totals.

American singer-songwriter John Prine has died from the virus. His family confirmed that his death from complications related to coronavirus.

Known for songs such as Sam Stone and Angel from Montgomery, Prine died in Nashville on Tuesday at the age of 73.

His wife tested positive for coronavirus and recovered however Prine was hospitalised last month with symptoms and placed on a ventilator.

How hard has New York been hit?

New York is the hardest-hit zone in the US and the epicenter of the outbreak in the country. Most of the deaths reported in the US are from this state. On Tuesday, it has recorded another 731 deaths.

The New York State is on the cusp of overtaking the entire country of Italy with its number of confirmed cases.

Hospital and intensive care admissions were down and Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state appeared to be nearing the peak of its pandemic.

Mr Cuomo asked people to stay inside and continue with social distancing.

“I know it’s hard but we have to keep doing it,” he said.

The residents of the state have been told to avoid large gatherings as Passover and Easter approaches.

Elsewhere, the state of Wisconsin pressed ahead with an election on Tuesday, despite a state-wide stay-at-home order amid the escalating outbreak.

What did Trump say about the WHO?

President Donald Trump said he was reluctant to discuss further but the US might be on track for fewer deaths than projected during a press conference on Tuesday.

According to the president’s task force, it was thought that as many as 240,000 people in the US could die in the pandemic.

The President said the US might be getting to the top of the “curve” of the outbreak.

During the briefing, Mr Trump attacked the World Health Organization (WHO), saying it had issued bad advice and had been too focused on China.

He said: “The WHO really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric.”

He also said the US would be withholding money meant for the WHO.

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