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 395,011, a jump of more than 20,000 in the past 24 hours. That’s the most cases of any country in the world. The death toll nationally stands at 12,754.
Globally, the World Health Organization reports 1,353,361 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 79,235 deaths in 211 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 1,464,852 cases worldwide and 85,397 deaths, with more than 315,000 reported recoveries from the illness.
The Johns Hopkins numbers show the U.S. passing 400,000 cases Wednesday, almost three times as many cases than the second most-infected country, which is now Spain. As Italy’s curve begins to flatten, Spain has surpassed it with 140,510 cases and 13,798 deaths, the latter the highest death toll in the world.
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 Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported 779 deaths in the state, its biggest one-day spike for a second day in a row. That brings the state’s death toll to 6,268. New York remains the most impacted state in the U.S. with 149,116 confirmed cases. NYC has 81,000 cases and by far the most coronavirus-related deaths of any U.S. city.
There was a sign of hope, however. “The number of deaths is a lagging indicator,” Cuomo said yesterday. He noted a drop in the number of hospital admissions over the past three days. “The numbers look like they may be turning,” he said.
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 today.
In California, the state department of health reported 15,865 confirmed cases and 374 deaths as of Monday night, the most recent figures available. The state has been on a stay-at-home order since March 19. In Los Angeles County, the total number of cases is 6,910 with 169 deaths as of midday Tuesday.
Washington state, the original tip of the COVID-19 spear in the U.S., has spiked to 8,682 confirmed cases and 394 deaths as of Tuesday evening, but is now No. 13 in total cases nationwide behind New York, New Jersey, California, Michigan, Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas and Connecticut.
Nine 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.
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.