The US death toll from coronavirus skyrocketed in the last 24 hours, taking the number of Americans killed by the virus past 5,000.
New deaths in the US rose to 5,139 by the end of Wednesday and new infections surged to 216,553.
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.
New York state continues to bear the brunt of the US crisis, with its death toll rising to 2,219 and the state’s healthcare system buckling under the demand.
The number of new cases in the state – which has often been described as the epicenter of the US pandemic – reached 7,974 and the total number of infections topped 83,712.
Michigan now has the third highest death toll in the country after reporting a spike in its figures in the last couple of days.
The state’s death toll had reached 337 on Wednesday night, with more than 9,300 confirmed cases.
New Jersey is second behind New York with 355 deaths and 22,255 infections.
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Source: Daily Mail