The United States has overtaken Italy and have the highest coronavirus death rate in the world.
The new report, collected by Johns Hopkins University, reveals that more than 20,000 people have already died in the United States.
The bleak landmark comes shortly after the United States became the first country to report more than 2,000 deaths from the virus in a single day.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the death rate on Saturday seemed to stabilize the situation
Announcing a 24-hour average of 783 new deaths, he noted that almost the same number had been reported over the past few days.
“It’s not an all-time record, so you can see the number stabilizes slightly, but it stabilizes at a awful clip,” said Mr Cuomo. “These are absolutely phenomenal figures reflecting unimaginable tragedy and suffering.”
The state of New York has become the epicenter of the US epidemic, reporting more than 180,000 of the nearly 530,000 cases in the world.
Every single US state has proclaimed a catastrophe as of Saturday in response to the epidemic.
Whilst the United States passed Italy on Saturday with the world’s most reported covid-19 deaths, with more than 20,000 casualties, the President Trump gave a message to the Americans before Easter was that his administration was “Bringing our country back” from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump shed no light on how he’ll determine whether to reopen the country in a Saturday night interview with Fox News, saying the decision will be based on “lots of evidence and a lot of instinct.”
While lamenting the death figures as ‘so tragic,’ Trump said ‘tremendous progress’ is being made.
’ ‘In the middle of sorrow and suffering, we see strong signs that our proactive approach is saving countless lives, ‘he added, referring to forecasts that now forecast far fewer deaths in the US than initially expected.
Nonetheless, health experts have cautioned that if the nation rolls back restrictions too fast, case rates might start to increase once again, particularly without rigorous monitoring to identify who may be a carrier of the virus.