The coronavirus epidemic worsened overnight in the US as the number of reported cases soared, the death count rose to 37 and on Wednesday a senior federal health official warned America that the worst is yet to come.
Two more states proclaimed a state of emergency, the number of cases in the US reached 1,000 throughout the world. A total of 37 confirmed deaths were reported.
Total deaths across the U.S. were at least 541 on Monday alone, and the University of Washington School of Medicine’s forecasting expected more than 2,000 deaths a day from April 10 to April 21. By August 4, the number of people killed in the United States as a result of the epidemic could be 82,141, according to the estimate.
Confirmed cases on Monday soared to over 163,000 as the number of new infections jumped at least 20,000 in a single day.
The United States has the world’s most reported infections, a figure that is expected to increase despite further intensive monitoring for the virus.
President Donald Trump notified a conference in the White House that more than 1 million Americans were screened for coronavirus which are fewer than 3 percent of the nation. While the US ramped up research after a string of failures, it still tends to lag countries namely Italy and South Korea.
Officials across the world are making the most extensive attempts to curb the nation’s coronavirus epidemic, with officials prohibiting large-scale events in the hard-hit area of Seattle and San Francisco and shutting the schools in Seattle on Wednesday, while the NCAA announced that it would stage March Madness basketball games around the country in near-empty stadiums, off limits for most spectators.
U.S. health authorities advise American citizens to obey home-stay directives by the end of April to curb the transmission of the virus that emerged in China and has affected about three-quarters of a million people worldwide.
State and local authorities have said the difficulty in administering diagnostic tests has impeded their ability to handle the epidemic, despite Trump’s promises that anybody who needed a test would get one.
At a White House briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he predicted a coronavirus epidemic in the fall as well, but he said the country would be better prepared to respond.
Nonetheless, the worse has yet to come; the report further highlights the burden that will be put on hospitals with the number of registered patients predicted to increase nationwide by the second week of April.
If social distancing is abides by, it is estimated that the number of coronavirus deaths will reach about 82,000 in the next four months, the study predicts.
New York is one of the states that opted to free people from prison to help deter COVID-19 from spreading. On Monday Cuomo said other states around the US should not think they’re immune to the virus.