Story at a glance

  • A projection reported by Newsweek says the U.S. will lead the world in the number of COVID-19 deaths in the coming days.
  • A surge of deaths in the U.S. has been recorded this week, while hospitalizations in hot spots like New York have slowed, signaling the curve is beginning to flatten.
  • Health officials estimate roughly 60,000 deaths by August.

Think fast! Add Changing America to your Facebook and Twitter feeds to stay up-to-the-second on the latest news and smartest insights.


Confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide have surpassed the 1.5 million mark since the outbreak began late last year, with the United States now making up more than a quarter of the cases.

According to Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 tracker, more than 452,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., with more than 16,000 deaths and nearly 25,000 recoveries.

The U.S. leads the rest of the world in confirmed cases by the hundreds of thousands, with Spain and Italy coming in second and third respectively. 

Currently, Italy leads the world in the number of COVID-19 deaths with more than 18,200 as of Thursday afternoon, but it’s possible the U.S. could soon take the top spot in number of fatalities. 

New projections reported by Newsweek Thursday estimate the U.S. will have the highest number of coronavirus deaths within five days, as the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) estimates the peak for deaths per day will occur April 12 with more than 2,200 fatalities. 


READ MORE ABOUT CORONAVIRUS IN AMERICA

HERE'S WHEN THE CORONAVIRUS WILL PEAK IN YOUR STATE

FAUCI PREDICTS ANOTHER CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN THE FALL WITH 'VERY DIFFERENT' OUTCOME

HERE ARE THE STATES THAT HAVE TOLD THEIR RESIDENTS TO STAY HOME...AND THE ONES THAT HAVEN'T

MORE THAN 20,000 AMERICANS HAVE NOW RECOVERED FROM CORONAVIRUS

HERE ARE THE BEST MAPS TO CHECK OUT THE CURRENT STATE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC


Health officials earlier this week warned Americans to expect a surge of COVID-19 deaths, while New York alone has recorded more than 7,000 fatalities as of Thursday. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, however, said Thursday that hospitalizations and intensive care admissions had fallen, suggesting that the curve was beginning to flatten. 

Meanwhile, White House estimates of the U.S. death toll have significantly dropped from initial projections that 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the coronavirus task force, told NBC’s “Today” show that given widespread mitigation efforts, the death toll will likely be closer to 60,000. 

The White House has been closely monitoring the model from the University of Washington, which estimates total deaths across the country from COVID-19 to be around 60,000 by August. 


READ MORE OF OUR BREAKING NEWS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC 

HERE ARE THE 6 WAYS THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC COULD END

AT LEAST 8 STRAINS OF THE CORONAVIRUS HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED

CAN LYSOL OR CLOROX KILL THE CORONAVIRUS?

CAN YOU GET CORONAVIRUS TWICE?

CAN I SHOP FOR GROCERIES SAFELY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC?

HOW TO TELL IF YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS


 

Published on Apr 09, 2020