The United States surpassed Spain to become the country with the highest coronavirus death toll after at least 1,586 Americans died in over the last 24 hours from the virus.
The jump in fatalities comes as US recorded more than 25,000 new cases of Covid-19 bringing the country’s total cases to more than 1,500,000.
Spain has suffered a reported 15,238 coronavirus deaths as of Thursday evening and over 150,000 cases have been confirmed across the country.
The American epicenter for the outbreak, New York state, announced 8,766 new coronavirus cases on Thursday. Governor Andrew Cuomo said 799 New Yorkers died from the virus over the last 24 hours, which was the deadliest day in the state in terms of the outbreak, prompting the governor to compare coronavirus to 9/11 for the second-straight day in a row.
The governor called the virus a ‘silent explosion that ripples through society with the same randomness, the same evil that we saw on 9/11’ during Thursday’s briefing. He went on to warn New Yorkers that they may only be in the first stage of the pandemic.
‘Everybody is assuming, well, once we get through this, we’re done. I wouldn’t be so quick to assume that. This virus has been ahead of us from day one,’ the governor said.
Projection models that map the virus have offered some hope recently. This week, Dr Anthoy Fauci, an expert on infectious diseases on the White House coronavirus task force, said despite the country’s ‘bad week,’ the country’s expected death toll has actually dropped,
According to Fauci, the final toll currently ‘looks more like 60,000 than the 100,000 to 200,000’ that was previously projected.
‘The number of deaths and the cases that we’re seeing right now are really validating what we said, that this is going to be a very bad week,’ Fauci told NBC.
‘On the other hand, as you can see there are some glimmers of hope, particularly when you look at the situation in New York – where the number of hospitalizations, requirements for intensive care and intubation over the last few days have actually stabilized and are starting to come down.’