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US Covid-19 death toll tops 10,000, global infections hit 1.3m

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2020

More than 10,000 people have died of coronavirus complications in the US since the outbreak began in late January, Johns Hopkins University said Monday.
 
Deaths linked to the virus have doubled in the last five days in the US. On April 1, the nation recorded its 5,000th death, reported Fox News.
 
There have been almost 1.3 million cases and 70,800 deaths confirmed around the world since the virus emerged in China in December, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
 
Health experts say the number of confirmed cases likely does not represent the true number of people infected with Covid-19, as tests are largely reserved for the elderly those who have been hospitalized, and many only do not seek tests for the virus because their symptoms are mild.
 
Johns Hopkins reports that more than 17,000 are confirmed to have recovered from the virus, though the true number of people who have fully recovered is likely much higher.
 
The Baltimore-based school, which has been keeping a running tally of global coronavirus numbers, said there are at least 347,003 confirmed infections in the US with 10,335 deaths, according to a AFP report.
 
The world's leading economy is one of the worst-hit countries, trailing only Italy (15,877) and Spain (13,055) in numbers killed by the deadly pandemic. The number of daily deaths is falling in some of the worst-affected European countries, but the US has yet to reach its peak of the crisis.
 
Since the middle of last week, the US has recorded more than 1,000 new deaths every day, with containment measures of varying degrees being enforced on a state-by-state basis, it stated.
 
New York is the main focus of the American outbreak, with more than 4,750 deaths statewide and 130,000 cases, more than half of them in New York City, it added.
 
That grim milestone was reached on Monday, shortly after officials warned this will be the toughest week yet in the pandemic, reported CNN.
 
Michigan hospitals are three to six days away from running out of critical supplies, the governor said.
 
Mortuaries in New Orleans are already out of space, and the mayor said she needs help getting more refrigeration.
 
And New York, New Jersey and Detroit will see peaks in hospitalizations and deaths this week, a US Health and Human Services assistant secretary said.
 
Other US cities will experience their own peaks in the coming weeks, Dr. Brett Giroir told NBC's "Today" show. He said the peaks reflect infections that occurred two or three weeks ago.
 
Authorities have warned that between 100,000 and 240,000 people could die from Covid-19 in the US, even in a best-case scenario with social distancing guidelines being observed.
 
"We may be seeing the worst upon us right now in terms of outcomes," Dr Giroir said.
 
Dr Panagis Galiatsatos, a critical care physician at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, said: "We really are just seeing the tip of the iceberg, and a lot of it has to do with the tests we have available."
 
"Yet there are also signs of progress. More Americans are finding creative ways to help. And in the US epicenter of coronavirus, New York City, the worst of the pandemic might be over soon," he added.



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