BREAKING: U.S. records highest death toll from coronavirus in a day with more than 400 dead Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 2, 2021

At least 400 people have died from coronavirus in the United States in the past 24 hours, according to most virus trackers.

The latest figures have skyrocketed the overall death toll in the United States to over 1700.

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The United States also on Thursday became the epicenter of the deadliest coronavirus outbreak in the world. It overtook China and Italy for the number of confirmed cases, and continued to sprint forward as the minutes turned into hours.

Just two days ago on March 25, there were roughly 1000 dead from coronavirus in the United States, meaning over 700 people have died from covid-19 in the past 24 hours.

In addition, more than 104,000 people in the United States have contracted the virus while less than a thousand of them have recovered, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

In New York state, including New York City, more than 600 people had died there on Saturday morning.

New York is followed by Washington State where there were roughly 125 deaths followed by Louisiana by over 80 deaths.

The Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio warned on Thursday that the state 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 on 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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