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BREAKING: U.S. coronavirus deaths surpass China’s for first time Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 26, 2021

The United States has overtaken China for the first time in total number of deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and is now ranked only behind Italy and Spain. Both countries have recorded roughly 20,000 deaths.

According to the latest tally, at least 3,400 have now died from coronavirus in the United States since the first case was reported.

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On Monday, the U.S. recorded its highest daily jump in COVID-19 deaths, according to a virus tracker.

About 600 people were reported dead from COVID-19 on Monday alone, up from less than 300 the previous day.

There were also more than 20,000 new cases, the highest daily increase since the first case was reported in the state of Washington.

About 3400 people have now died from coronavirus in the United States so far from more than 164,000 infections, the highest in the world. About 6000 people have recovered so far.

Health experts are warning that with the number of cases increasing rapidly, hospitals may soon be overwhelmed, especially in New York City where more than 60,000 people have tested positive for the deadly bug. More than 1300 people have died in New York State with about a thousand of them in New York City alone.

The Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio warned in recent days that New York City was running out of hospital beds to accommodate coronavirus cases alone.

New York City has about 20, 000 hospital beds, he said. Mayor de Blasio said that number of hospital beds would need to triple to cope with the rapid escalation of the coronavirus there.

The ventilators and respirators are also not enough to cope with the rising number of cases.

Both are critical to save lives, and having them could mean life or death, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last Thursday while discussing the massive $2 trillion stimulus bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday night, and expected to pass by the House of Representatives on Friday.

The bill seeks rescue an economy decimated by the coronavirus economic impacts and send direct deposits or checks to Americans workers forced to stay home.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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