COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has killed at least 211 people in the United States as of Thursday evening, according to worldometers. Another virus tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins which does not update regularly had that number at 200.
More people died in the United States in the past 24 hours than at any time since the virus was first reported in Washington state. COVID-19 killed about 100 people between Wednesday and Thursday.
At least 74 people have died in the state of Washington, 34 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, 3 in Washington D.C., 3 in Oregon, 2 in Indiana, 2 in Virginia, 2 in Connecticut, 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 and 1 in Oklahoma.
In addition, at least 13,865 people have been infected in the United States and a minimum of 108 patients have so far recovered. These numbers may 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.