Updated: March 2, 2021
COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has killed at least 217 people in the United States as of Friday morning, according to worldometers. Another virus tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins which does not update regularly had that number at 205.
More people died in the United States between Wednesday and Thursday than at any time since the virus was first reported in Washington state. COVID-19 killed about 100 people between Wednesday and Thursday.
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At least 74 people have died in the state of Washington, 38 in New York, 19 in California, 10 in Georgia, 10 in Louisiana, 9 in Florida, 9 in New Jersey, 5 in Texas, 4 in Colorado, 4 in Illinois, 3 in South Carolina, 3 in Michigan, 1 in Washington D.C., 3 in Oregon, 3 in Connecticut, 2 in Indiana, 2 in Virginia, 2 in Wisconsin, 2 in Kentucky, 2 in Vermont, 1 in Kansas, 1 in Missouri, 1 in Nevada, 1 in Pennsylvania, 1 in Maryland, 1 in South Dakota, 1 in Mississippi, 1 in Ohio, and 1 in Oklahoma.
In addition, at least 14,366 people have been infected in the United States and a minimum of 125 patients have so far recovered.
Worldwide, at least 10,255 people have died as of Friday morning, and 250,625 in total have been infected while 89,048 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.