BREAKING: U.S. coronavirus death toll skyrockets above 22,000 with nearly 3500 fatalities recorded on Saturday and Sunday alone

More than 22,000 people have now died from the novel coronavirus in the United States, the highest death toll in the world, data from Johns Hopkins University virus tracker showed on Sunday evening. The real numbers may be higher because testing is limited in the United States.

Johns Hopkins University data on Sunday evening showed that only 2.8 million Americans out of more than 325 million have been tested for the coronavirus.

Italy, the second hardest-hit country which is located in Europe was now behind the United States with about 20,000 fatalities as of Sunday evening.

By evening on Sunday, the United States had at least 22,105 coronavirus deaths, according to statistics website Worldometers. Italy had 19,899 deaths with about 156,363 coronavirus infections.

The United States also had at least 555,313 infections with about 30,000 people who have fully recovered, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

About 3500 people had died from COVID-19 in the United States on Saturday and Sunday alone.

According to statistics site Worldometers, at least 1830 people died from the coronavirus on Saturday and about 1600 had already died before the end of the day on Sunday.

Health authorities in New York, the epicenter of the crisis in the United States, announced 758 people died from coronavirus on Sunday alone, with a similar number of dead recorded on Saturday as well.

In New York, there were now more than 160,000 people infected by the coronavirus, with about 100,000 cases recorded in New York City alone, more than in all the countries on earth, except U.S., Italy, Spain, France and Germany, according to the tally on Sunday evening.

These numbers were changing so quickly that by the end of the day, the picture may look completely different than what it is now.

Globally, more than 1.7 million people had been infected by the coronavirus with at least 114,000 dead, according to the data on Sunday evening.

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Some experts are predicting that the United States may see cases peak by next Friday and then begin to witness the flattening of the curve.

However, recent trends suggest that cases were still going up and the peak may be weeks or many months away.

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On Friday alone, there were more than 33,000 new cases in the United States, and there has been no clear sign the curve was flattening.

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President Donald Trump, after blaming former President Obama for his bungled response, was beginning to blame the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, but several reports, citing sources and quoting documents in the government, have shown that President Donald Trump had missed many opportunities, downplayed the crisis, boasted it was under control and eventually declaring victory too soon by saying it would soon go away.

USA Today reported on Saturday that Trump’s allegations against the WHO were mainly false, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert in the United States said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that “no one is going to deny” that more lives could have been saved during the coronavirus crisis if the Trump administration had implemented social distancing guidelines prior to March, Axios reported.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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