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Nearly 2,000 coronavirus deaths in US for 2nd day in a row

 International Desk

 Published: 11:46 AM, 9 April 2020  

Photo: Collected

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The United States reported nearly 2,000 coronavirus deaths for the second day in a row, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University as of Wednesday night. 

Over a 24-hour period, 1,973 more people have died form COVID-19 in the country (slightly higher than the previous day’s toll of 1,939), bringing the total number of US fatalities to 14,695. The US death toll now exceeds that of Spain, which has suffered 14,555 deaths but has not surpassed Italy, whose toll stands at 17,669.

In New York, the epicentre of the US outbreak, the state’s governor noted the new single-day high for virus deaths at 779, but offered an optimistic view for the weeks to come. 

“We are flattening the curve,” Andrew Cuomo told reporters, as he cited a decreasing hospitalization rate due to stay-at-home orders.

That optimism was shared by US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who both said the data seemed to indicate a turn for the better. 

“We are hopefully heading towards a final stretch, the light at the end of the tunnel,” Trump told reporters.

Pence chimed in: “We’re beginning to see glimmers of hope.”

As of Thursday morning, more than 88,000 people worldwide have died in the virus crisis, which has sent the global economy spiralling and forced billions of people to remain at home as much as possible.

As the economic downturn starts to bite, health experts stressed that any premature loosening of restrictions could accelerate the spread of a contagion that has already infiltrated nearly every country.

In France, one of the hardest-hit nations in Europe with more than 10,000 deaths, President Emmanuel Macron will address the nation next week to explain the path forward.

The confinement order issued on March 17 “will be extended” beyond the current deadline of April 15, an official close to Macron told AFP.

Italy and Spain are still recording hundreds of deaths a day, and the situation is also deteriorating in Britain, which saw a record 938 fatalities Wednesday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent the third day in intensive care.

In the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus first emerged in December, there was cause for celebration as a ban on outbound travel was lifted.