Coronavirus death toll in the US hits 16,715 as cases mount to 469,450

The US is continuing to reel from the coronavirus outbreak hitting a death toll of 16,715 Thursday evening, a jump of nearly 2,000 fatalities of the deadly virus over the past 24 hours.

The country saw an increase in 33,381 infections mounting to 469,450 reported cases as of Thursday. 

The death toll has continued to skyrocket with 1,842 deaths over the past 24 hours.

Despite the staggering statistics, there is a glimmer of hope as some 25,988 patients have recovered from the infectious respiratory illness.

New York, which holds the largest number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities in the states, has become the coronavirus epicenter of the world. 

The US is continuing to reel from the coronavirus outbreak hitting a death toll of 16,715 Thursday evening, a jump of nearly 2,000 fatalities of the deadly virus over the past 24 hours

The US is continuing to reel from the coronavirus outbreak hitting a death toll of 16,715 Thursday evening, a jump of nearly 2,000 fatalities of the deadly virus over the past 24 hours

The US is continuing to reel from the coronavirus outbreak hitting a death toll of 16,715 Thursday evening, a jump of nearly 2,000 fatalities of the deadly virus over the past 24 hours

On Thursday New York reported a surge in 10,000 cases over the past 24 hours, mounting to 159,937 cases in the state. The death toll in New York state sits at 7,067 deaths following a rise in 799 fatalities.

The Big Apple is reporting the most cases in the state with 87,028 cases and 5,150 deaths. 

In comparison, Spain has recorded over 153,000 cases and 15,000 deaths and Italy with 143,000 cases and over 18,000 deaths. 

China, where the virus first broke out late last year, has reported over 83,000 COVID-19 infections and 3,300 fatalities.  

As of Thursday evening there are over 469,000 cases of coronavirus in the country and over 16,000 deaths

New York state observed a record-breaking increase in coronavirus deaths for a third consecutive day on Thursday, even as a surge of patients in overwhelmed hospitals slowed.

Governor Andrew Cuomo described the death count – which increased by 799 in 24 hours – as a lagging indicator reflecting the loss of people sickened earlier in the outbreak.  

The snapshot of hospitalizations showed a less dire picture.  

Cuomo said the net 200-patient increase in hospitalizations ‘is the lowest number we’ve had since this nightmare started’, compared with daily increases of more than 1,000 last week. 

Intensive care admissions also were down in the state as more than 18,200 people were hospitalized. 

Over two-thirds of the state’s deaths are in New York City alone, where fears are growing that the real death toll has been significantly miscounted and that a dramatic spike in New Yorkers dying in their homes is also linked to coronavirus. 

On a general day, first responders will answer calls to between 20 and 25 people who died in their home in New York City. By Tuesday, this has skyrocketed to 265 people.  

In the US the most alarming hotspots are New York, New Jersey, Michigan, California, and Louisiana.

New Jersey has reported over 51,000 cases of the virus and 1,709 deaths as of Thursday. Meanwhile Michigan has reported 21,504 infections and 1,076 deaths, and California 19,955 cases and 552 casualties. 

The country reached a record-high number of deaths on Tuesday with nearly 2,000 fatalities.   

The grim number of fatalities came as the estimated death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in the US was lowered from 82,000 to 60,000 after new projections scaled back the number of fatalities over the next four months by 26 percent.  

The updated projections has also brought forward the peak day of deaths to April 12 where an estimated 2,212 deaths are expected to occur over 24 hours, new data shows

The updated projections has also brought forward the peak day of deaths to April 12 where an estimated 2,212 deaths are expected to occur over 24 hours, new data shows

The updated projections has also brought forward the peak day of deaths to April 12 where an estimated 2,212 deaths are expected to occur over 24 hours, new data shows

Peak resource use for hospitals is predicted to occur on April 11 - the day before the peak death toll - where an estimated 94,000 beds, 19,000 ICU beds and 16,500 ventilators will be needed

Peak resource use for hospitals is predicted to occur on April 11 - the day before the peak death toll - where an estimated 94,000 beds, 19,000 ICU beds and 16,500 ventilators will be needed

Peak resource use for hospitals is predicted to occur on April 11 – the day before the peak death toll – where an estimated 94,000 beds, 19,000 ICU beds and 16,500 ventilators will be needed

The estimated death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States is now expected to reach 60,000 after new projections scaled back the number of fatalities by 26 percent

The estimated death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States is now expected to reach 60,000 after new projections scaled back the number of fatalities by 26 percent

The estimated death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States is now expected to reach 60,000 after new projections scaled back the number of fatalities by 26 percent

The updated projections has also brought forward the peak day of deaths to April 12 where an estimated 2,212 deaths are expected to occur over 24 hours.  

The new estimates were released on Wednesday by forecasters at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation – a model often cited by the White House coronavirus task force. 

The projected downward revision in the death toll coincides with comments from health officials and political leaders that cases may have reached a plateau in certain cities. 

Its most recent update now projects there will be just over 60,000 deaths by August 4, which is down from the nearly 82,000 fatalities is had forecast on Tuesday. 

US health officials have previously estimated that between 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die.

The model also moved up its projected peak in the number of deaths to this Sunday. The revision moves forward the projected peak by four days – suggesting the strain on the healthcare system will begin to abate a little sooner than previously expected.    

Peak resource use for hospitals is predicted to occur on April 11 – the day before the peak death toll – where an estimated 94,000 beds, 19,000 ICU beds and 16,500 ventilators will be needed.     

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