New grim record: US becomes 1st country to report 1,000+ Covid-19 deaths in single day as global infections top 1 million
The United States has reached yet another dark milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, counting over 1,000 fatalities in the span of 24 hours and shattering the global record for daily deaths as worldwide cases soar past 1 million.
Surpassing both its own one-day record – broken every day this week – as well as that of Italy and Spain, the previous world leaders in daily fatalities, the US reported 1,169 new deaths on Thursday evening, according to Johns Hopkins University.
#UPDATE US records 1,169 COVID-19 fatalities in the past 24 hours, the Johns Hopkins University tracker shows.It is the highest one-day death toll recorded in any country since the pandemic began📸 Medical staff move bodies to a refrigerated truck in Brooklyn, New York pic.twitter.com/KmrZpNH6sU
— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 3, 2020
Already the top Covid-19 hotspot on Earth with nearly 250,000 cases, the surge in deaths comes as outbreaks across all 50 states continue to accelerate, with New York at the top of the list. The Empire state has reported some 92,500 infections, largely clustered around New York City, where both hospitals and morgues are virtually overrun.
The global disease toll topped 1 million cases earlier on Thursday and continued to climb by another 14,000, most of them now split between Europe and the US, while deaths worldwide sit just shy of 53,000. Italy remains the top country for overall fatalities, however, with more than 13,000, though as daily infection tallies begin to fall, the Mediterranean country may be nearing its peak of its outbreak.
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