The US was the first country to report 1,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day on Wednesday as the death toll soared past 5,000.
With more than 216,000 infections across the country, America is now worse affected by COVID-19 than any other country in the world has been.
The virus shows no signs of slowing down, despite the entire nation being on lockdown, and experts say as many as 200,000 will die by the time the pandemic is over.
There are fears that the next epicenter will be the city of Detroit, after the death toll in Michigan doubled in just three days – a sign of exponential growth which scientists use as an indicator of spikes.
The US death toll is now dwarfing the number of deaths officially reported in China (3,309), where the outbreak first originated back in December.
While the death toll in Italy (13,155) and Spain (9,387) is still higher, the US eclipsed the hard-hit European nations’ confirmed cases, with both Italy (110,574) and Spain (104,118) reporting only around half the number of infections.
Italy’s deadliest day was on March 26th, when 969 new deaths were reported. China’s figures are less clear.
Contemporaneous reports indicate that its deadliest day was in February when 242 died in Hubei province alone. There is growing skepticism over the country’s reported deaths and infections, with some saying the government is hiding the true number.
Michigan now has the third highest death toll in the US after reporting a spike in its figures in the last couple of days.
The state’s death toll had reached 337 on Wednesday night – an increase of 78 – with more than 9,300 confirmed cases. Last week, its death toll increase was around 4.3
New Jersey is second behind New York with 355 deaths and 22,255 infections. New York continues to bear the brunt, with 92,381 infections and 2,373 deaths across the state.
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Source: Daily Mail