Coronavirus: US death toll passes 2,000 in a single day

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The first death came in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on January 9. It took 83 days for the first 50,000 deaths to be recorded and just eight more for the toll to climb to 100,000.

The toll has been accelerating at a daily rate of between 6% and 10% over the past week, and there were almost 7,300 deaths globally reported on Thursday. Meanwhile, the US has become the first country in the world to record more than 2,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day.

The coronavirus has now infected over 500,000 people in the U.S. on Friday night, constituting almost one-third of all cases across the globe, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Figures from Johns Hopkins University show 2,108 people died in the past 24 hours.

The US could soon surpass Italy as the country with the most coronavirus deaths worldwide.

As of 9:25 p.m. Eastern Time, the U.S. has recorded 500,399 cases of the coronavirus disease, or Covid-19, of which 174,481 were in New York, the data showed.

But experts on the White House COVID-19 task force say the outbreak is starting to level off across the US.

Dr Deborah Birx said there were good signs the outbreak was stabilising but cautioned: “As encouraging as they are, we have not reached the peak.”

President Donald Trump also said he expects the US to see a lower death toll than the initial predictions of 100,000 fatalities.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths linked to the novel coronavirus reached 100,000 on Friday, as the tally of cases passed 1.6 million, according to a Reuters tally. A total of 1,699,815 people have been infected with the virus and 376,500 people have recovered worldwide in the disease.