Coronavirus: death toll in the US exceeds 5,000

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Doctors take a sick patient to an ambulance in New York. Photo: March 28, 2020

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New York is the most affected country in the United States


The death toll in the United States from the coronavirus pandemic has exceeded 5,000, said Johns Hopkins University.

Earlier, the university said 884 people died in 24 hours – a new record.

Among the latest victims was a six-week-old baby. More than 216,000 people are now infected – the highest figure in the world.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post said the federal government’s supply of protective gear and medical supplies was nearly depleted.

Quoting officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the newspaper said it had left the federal government and the various states to compete for security equipment, while unprecedented demand had led to profits.


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Media captionCoronavirus: Lack of medical supplies “a national disgrace”

The Trump administration says it can acquire adequate supplies and has $ 16 billion (£ 13 billion) to do so.

In other developments on Wednesday:

  • US Vice President Mike Pence Warns United States appeared to be on a trajectory similar to that Italy, where the death toll has exceeded 13,000 – more than in any country
  • In Great Britain, Wimbledon tennis tournament canceled for the first time since World War II
  • UK government officials pledge to speed up testing in a few weeks
  • Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised the largest economic program in the history of the country
  • The official death toll Iran exceeded 3000
  • World Health Organization Chef Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says one million people will be infected worldwide within a few days

What are the latest US figures?

The death toll in the United States has exceeded 5,100 and continues to rise, Johns Hopkins reported on Wednesday.

In the United States, the number of confirmed infections increased by more than 25,000 in one day.

The most affected place is New York, where more than 1,300 people died.

Sober images of the city showed bodies loaded into refrigerated morgue trucks outside hospitals.

Other clusters are also growing in places like New Orleans and Detroit.

In Connecticut, a six-week-old baby died from Covid-19, who is believed to be the youngest American victim of the virus so far.

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Media captionDeath rates in the United States against the United Kingdom, Italy and South Korea

Florida, Georgia and Mississippi have become the last states in the United States to issue foreclosure orders.

Over 75% of the American population is now ordered to stay at home.

US officials say up to 240,000 people could die from the disease – even with mitigation measures in place.

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