UPDATED with latest: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday that the total number of coronavirus cases in the country has grown to 427,460, a jump of more than 32,000 in the past 24 hours. That’s almost three times the total of any other country in the world. The death toll nationally stands at 14,696.
Globally, the World Health Organization reports 1,439,516 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 85,711 deaths in 212 countries and territories.
The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, whose data is widely used and has been tracking higher than the official CDC and WHO numbers, reports that the total number of cases worldwide has surpassed 1.5 million, with 94,567 total deaths as of this afternoon. More than 346,000 have recoveries from the illness globally.
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The Johns Hopkins numbers show the U.S. passing 450,000 cases Thursday. As Italy’s curve begins to flatten, Spain has surpassed it and is the world’s second most-infected country behind the U.S. with 146,690 cases and 14,555 deaths.
In the past 24 hours, France became the fourth country to have more than 10,000 deaths from COVID-19. The UK now has 7,097 deaths, per the WHO, after a world-topping 938 deaths in the past 24 hours.
The latest numbers come after President Donald Trump’s White House advised over the weekend that nobody go to grocery stores or pharmacies in the next two weeks, when the coronavirus is expected to peak in the U.S.
“This will probably be the toughest week – between this week and next week,” Trump said during a news conference Sunday. “There will be a lot of death, unfortunately…there will be death.”
On Thursday, New York, the most impacted U..S. state, recorded its biggest one-day death toll for a third day in a row bringing its total to 7,067, though Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his daily press conference said today that while deaths are spiking, hospitalizations are dropping which could indicate a flattening of the curve.
On Monday, Cuomo extended the statewide closure of schools and non-essential businesses through April 29. Most sectors of the economy have been closed since March 13. Broadway will remain closed until at least June, officials said Wednesday.
In California, the state department of health reported 16,957 confirmed cases and 442 deaths as of Tuesday, the most recent figures available. The state has been on a stay-at-home order since March 19. In Los Angeles County, 25 more people died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, local health officials said. That’s the second-most of any single day during the crisis and brings the death toll in the region to 223. The total number of confirmed cases in L.A. County stands at 7,955.
Washington state has spiked to 9,097 confirmed cases and 421 deaths as of midnight Tuesday, according to local health officials. The original tip of the COVID-19 spear in the U.S. is now No. 12 in total cases nationwide behind New York, New Jersey, California, Michigan, Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Texas.
Ten states now have more than 10,000 confirmed cases as of today, per the CDC.
Trump at the end of March extended the nation’s social distancing guidelines to April 30, backing off an earlier goal of lifting by Easter the restrictions that have shut down much of the U.S. economy. White House data predicted as many as 100,000-240,000 Americans could die from COVID-19 during the current outbreak, though more recent models have predicted fewer deaths as more of the country practices self-isolation and social distancing.
WHO director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week that he was “deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of infection” as the pandemic enters its fourth month.
He said 74 countries have either joined or are in the process of joining the WHO’s Solidarity trial, which is comparing four drugs and drug combinations to find a vaccine. “Each new patient who joins the trial gets us one step closer to knowing which drugs work,” he said.
Last week, Tedros said the COVID-19 pandemic is straining health systems around the world, which could impact non-coronavirus care. “Previous outbreaks have demonstrated that when health systems are overwhelmed, deaths due to vaccine-preventable and treatable conditions increase dramatically,” he added, noting “the WHO has published guidelines to help countries balance the demands of responding directly to COVID-19, while maintaining essential health services.”
He previously has called on countries to take a four-pronged strategy to combat the pandemic: 1) prepare and be ready; 2) detect, prevent and treat; 3) reduce and suppress; and 4) innovate and improve. That has led to much more restrictive policies worldwide, including in the U.S., which is under nationwide shutdown.
The WHO officially declared coronavirus a pandemic on March 11. Trump declared a national emergency March 13.
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