U.S. records more than 1000 dead from coronavirus in a day lifting total death toll above 5100

More than 1000 people have died from the novel coronavirus in the United States today, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, according to the latest tally. Of that number, hundreds of people died in New York State alone. In New York City, about 1400 people have already died from the deadly bug overall. New York State as a whole has seen about 2000 dead.

One virus tracker which collates information from government and health agencies said 1049 people died from the coronavirus on Wednesday, up from about 900 dead on Tuesday.

That number represents the highest death toll in a single day in the United States from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Overall, more than 5100 people have now died in the United States from the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

That number has eclipsed the total deaths from the 9/11 terror attacks in New York where the World Trade Center towers collapsed more than 18 years ago.

“More than 900 people have died from COVID-19 in Manhattan alone, and the city was opening temporary hospitals in a convention center, a Navy ship and Central Park. Refrigeration trucks were serving as temporary morgues,” USA Today reported on Wednesday.

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At a press briefing at the White House on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said the next two weeks in the U.S. will be “very painful”. The President said he wants “every American to be prepared for the days that lie ahead”.

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White House model for coronavirus deaths.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, said at the briefing estimates showed between 1 million to 2 million in the U.S. could die from the virus if the current mitigation efforts, including social distancing are not maintained.

But with social distancing, between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths could be recorded, Birx said.

“As sobering a number as that is, we should be prepared for it,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Is it going to be that much? I hope not, and I think the more we push on the mitigation, the less likelihood it will be that number.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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