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U.S. Has World's Highest Number of COVID-19 Deaths

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April 13, 2020 - The U.S. took an unfortunate lead Saturday afternoon, with the highest number of deaths due to the new coronavirus, nearing 20,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in the U.S. also surpassed half a million. Across the world, more than 1.7 million people have been diagnosed with the disease, and more than 107,000 people have died, according to the tracker.

The U.S. death toll climbed above that of Italy, which has 19,468 deaths, and Spain, which has 16,353 deaths. France has almost 14,000 deaths, with the United Kingdom nearing 10,000 deaths.

New York remains the top state for COVID-19 deaths, with more than 8,000, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during his Saturday briefing. Another 783 deaths were reported in the state on Friday, following 777 on Thursday and 799 on Wednesday.

“These are just incredible numbers, depicting incredible loss and pain,” he said.

The number of hospitalizations seemed to hit a plateau during the past few days, he says, which means a flattening in the curve. At the same time, social distancing and shelter-in-place policies must stay in effect, he said.

“There are no political conspiracies here,” Cuomo said. “All the projection models have basically said the same thing. Everyone has basically said the same thing.”

The models projected higher numbers than experienced, he said, because stay-in-place actions helped to flatten the numbers. To continue the trend, authorities have urged everyone to stay home during Easter and Passover and maintain social distancing, according to The Wall Street Journal. Cuomo echoed the idea Saturday.

“It’s too soon for Monday quarterbacking because the game isn’t even over yet,” he said during the briefing. “What do you think we’re in? Sixth inning for baseball? You think we’re halftime if it’s a football game? You don’t know yet what the actual issue is going to be. You don’t know yet how this turns out because many decisions have to be made.”

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on April 13, 2020


Johns Hopkins University, “COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU).”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York

The Wall Street Journal, “U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Passes Italy, Becoming World’s Highest.”

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