COVID-19 death toll in the United States hits 275 as infections soar to nearly 20,000 Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 3, 2021

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has killed at least 275 people in the United States as of Saturday morning, according to virus tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins. Worldometers reported that at least 281 had died.

This week, more people died in the United States between Wednesday and Thursday than at any time since the virus was first reported in Washington state. Just five days ago on March 16, there were just about 86 people dead of coronavirus. Close to 200 people have died between then and now and experts predict gloom in about three to four weeks.

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At least 83 people have died in the state of Washington, 56 in New York, 24 in California, 14 in Louisiana, 14 in Georgia, 11 in Florida, 9 in New Jersey, 5 in Texas, 5 in Illinois, 4 in Colorado, 4 in Oregon, 3 in South Carolina, 3 in Michigan, 3 in Ohio, 3 in Missouri, (1+2) in Washington D.C., 3 in Connecticut, 2 in Indiana, 2 in Virginia, 2 in Wisconsin, 2 in Kentucky, 2 in Vermont, 1 in Kansas, 1 in Nevada, 1 in Pennsylvania, 2 in Maryland, 1 in South Dakota, 1 in Mississippi, 1 in Oklahoma, 1 in Tennessee and 1 in Grand Princess Cruise.

The dead are counted through a complex process. For instance, officially, only one person has died in Washington D.C. But two other persons who died elsewhere seem to be counted under Washington D.C.

In addition, at least 19,774 people have been infected in the United States and a minimum of 147 patients have so far recovered.

Worldwide, at least 11,554 people have died as of Friday morning, and 278,560 in total have been infected while 92,906 people have since recovered. These numbers were bound to change quickly.

What’s the government doing?

President Trump on Wednesday signed into law a multibillion-dollar emergency aid package aimed at helping Americans impacted by the coronavirus, as per The Hill.

“The House-passed measure was approved by the Senate earlier Wednesday and includes provisions offering paid leave benefits for Americans, bolstered unemployment benefits and free diagnostic testing for the virus,” the newspaper added.

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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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