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Coronavirus: U.S. Death Toll Passes 105,000 As Global Cases Top 6 Million – Update


UPDATED with latest: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Tuesday that the death toll in America from coronavirus has reached 105,157. The agency says the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide is now at 1,802,470 with 14,790 new cases reported over the past 24 hours.

The World Health Organization reported that total confirmed cases worldwide have surpassed 6.1 million, with 376,320 deaths in 216 countries and territories reported as of this afternoon. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, whose data has been widely used and tends to track higher than the CDC and WHO numbers, puts the global case total at 6,339,005, with 378,266 global deaths.

The U.S.’ total confirmed cases per the CDC are now more than the world’s next five most-infected countries combined — in order of cases that includes Brazil (514,849), which has grown the most to have the most cases outside the U.S.; Europe’s most infected country Russia (423,741); the UK (276,336); Spain (240,010); and Italy (233,197).

Twelve countries now have more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19, according to data from the WHO, which declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic March 11.

The latest figures come as the U.S. and the rest of the world has been opening up. The country has been under a national emergency since March 13, part of a global shutdown that has imperiled economies both here and abroad. It also comes as nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd have health officials concerned that the mass gatherings during a pandemic could result in super-spreader behavior that could dent months of stay-at-home protocols designed to slow the virus.

According to the CDC’s latest data, 34 U.S. states and jurisdictions now have more than 10,000 cases, with New York and New Jersey alone comprising more than 360,000 of the nation’s total.

New York remains by far the most impacted state, with the department of health reporting a total of 373,040 COVID-19 cases statewide as of this afternoon — more than any other country in the world outside Brazil and Russia. More than half of those cases are in New York City, with the total there at 204,377. The state now has 24,023 deaths from the virus; NYC accounts for 18,098 of the fatalities.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that New York City can start reopening on June 8 as one of the global hubs of the COVID-19 pandemic nears the parameters the state established for entering Phase I. The move will allow for non-essential stores like clothing, furniture and electronics, to open for curbside pickup and a resumption of non-essential construction and manufacturing.

California, meanwhile, is the fourth most-infected U.S. state behind only New York, New Jersey and Illinois in total cases. The Golden State now has 115,310 positive cases and 4,286 deaths as of Tuesday, according to the California Department of Public Health. Almost half of the state’s cases and more than half its deaths are from Los Angeles County, which reported 57,118 total cases and 2,443 deaths as of this afternoon.

The latest numbers come after President Donald Trump last week said was terminating the U.S. relationship with WHO. The U.S. is the organization’s largest source of funding, which Trump said was $450 million of its total $3.7 billion budget.

On Monday, WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus responded, noting “the U.S. government and people’s contribution and generosity towards global health over many decades has been immense, and it has made a great difference in public health all around the world.” He added, “It is WHO’s wish for this collaboration to continue.”

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