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Coronavirus: U.S. Death Toll Nears Grim 100,000 Milestone As Global Cases Top 5.4M – Update


UPDATED with latest: The death toll in America from coronavirus has reached 99,031, according to the latest data Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The agency says the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide is now at 1,678,843.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, whose data has been widely used and tends to track higher than the CDC and WHO numbers, puts the U.S. death toll at 100,276 as of this afternoon. Either way, the total fatalities nationwide will pass the grim milestone.

The latest figures come as all U.S. states have enacted some form of relaxed stay-at-home orders amid the pandemic, with the just-passed Memorial Day weekend bringing videos of gatherings where many folks did not practice social distancing or wear face masks — a packed nightclub in Austin, a crowded swimming pool in Osage Beach, MO, bustling bike paths and beaches in Los Angeles and neighboring Orange County, to name a few. Those images came after Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, took to the Sunday Beltway shows warning citizens not to let up in social distancing practices.

The country has been under a national emergency since March 13, part of a global shutdown that has imperiled economies both here and abroad.

Globally, the World Health Organization on Wednesday reported a total of 5,491,678 confirmed cases in 217 countries and territories worldwide, with 349,190 deaths due to the virus. More than 3.24 million have recovered from the illness worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins data, which as of this evening counts 5,685,512 global cases and 354,983 total deaths from COVID-19.

The total number of U.S. cases reported today surpass the total of the world’s next six most-infected countries combined — in order of cases that includes Brazil (374,898), Russia (370,680), the UK (265,231), Spain (236,631), Italy (230,555) and Germany (179,364).

The UK (37,048) has the highest death toll outside the U.S.

Twelve countries now have more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19, according to data from the WHO, which declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic March 11. Peru joined the glum list last week week and now has 123,979 cases, as the Americas have become the newest hotspot for the virus.

According to the CDC’s latest data, 30 U.S. states now have more than 10,000 cases. New York remains by far the most impacted, with the department of health reporting a total of 364,965 COVID-19 cases statewide as of Wednesday afternoon — more than every other country in the world except for Russia. More than half of those cases are in New York City, with the total there at 199,968. The state now has 23,643 deaths from the virus; NYC accounts for 17,853 of the fatalities.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently extended the state’s stay-at-home order through June 13, though several of the state’s counties have begun reopening after meeting a seven-item checklist of goals. In NYC, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he doesn’t expect the city to reach those benchmarks until next month.

California is now the fourth most-infected U.S. state, passing Massachusetts and behind only New York, New Jersey and Illinois in total cases. The Golden State now has 98,980 positive cases and 3,884 as of Tuesday, the latest figures available from the California Department of Public Health. The state is seventh nationally in fatalities.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that customers could resume shopping in stores, with modifications. Places of worship were reopened but limited to 25% capacity, or 100 people. Barbershops and hair salons are now allowed as part of the state’s four-phase plan for reopening.

Those reopening metrics are increasingly including Los Angeles County, which remains the trouble spot in the state as deaths are now at 2,195 in the region that includes Los Angeles, Pasadena and Long Beach. The county’s overall total of cases is 48,700 as of today, a day after the county began allowing permitting the resumption of faith-based services, in-store shopping at low-risk stores, drive-in movies and other activities.

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