United States reaches 1,000 deaths in coronavirus crisis
A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 21,200 people around the world.
The death toll in the United States topped 1,000 on Wednesday night as the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the country. The number of dead in the U.S. rose to 1,041 as of late Wednesday, with nearly 70,000 infections.
Worldwide, the death toll climbed past 21,000, according to a running count kept by Johns Hopkins University.
States and cities have instituted shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
A makeshift morgue was set up outside Bellevue Hospital, and the city’s police, their ranks dwindling as more fall ill, were told to patrol nearly empty streets to enforce social distancing.
The United States has the third-highest national total behind Italy and China. New York State alone accounted for more than 30,000 cases and close to 300 deaths, most of them in New York City.
Five other countries have death tolls higher than the U.S. — Italy, Spain, Iran, China and France. Italy’s number more than doubles that of Spain.
Governors and local governments are playing an out sized role during the crisis as states enjoy broad autonomy under the Constitution and the Trump administration has left most of the decision-making to them.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.