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US coronavirus death toll surpasses 2,000

 International Desk

 Published: 11:22 AM, 29 March 2020  

Photo: Collected

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The death toll from the novel coronavirus has surpassed 2,000 in the United States. 

As of Sunday morning, there were 123,750 coronavirus cases across the United States and 2,227 deaths,  according to data from WorldoMeters.

The deaths have more than doubled since Thursday when American health officials reported 1,000 deaths. Prior to that, roughly one month lapsed between the first reported coronavirus death in the US and the 1,000th.

Meanwhile, doctors and health care workers across the country have warned of dangerous shortages in essential medical equipment such as ventilators, and protective gear such as masks, gowns, gloves, and more.

New York state, in particular, has become a hotspot for the virus, with the highest number of cases in any state.

New York was reporting 672 deaths as of Saturday evening. Of those deaths, 527 of the patients had reported underlying health conditions and 479 of them were aged 65 or older.

President Donald Trump mused on Saturday about imposing a quarantine on the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, where the virus has been spreading quickly.

But he backed down Saturday evening, tweeting that the measure would "not be necessary," and saying he would direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a travel advisory instead.