US COVID-19 deaths top 10,000: Johns Hopkins University

Henrietta Brewer
April 7, 2020

The vast majority of infected people recover from the virus, which is spread by microscopic droplets from coughs or sneezes.

The fears now were that the cases will zoom in other areas of the country, even as its rate of increase falls in NY and other areas that saw the first spikes.

With a dire warning from Surgeon General of the US Jerome Adams, the country braced for the "saddest" week ahead even as it saw glimmers of hope in the dip in new cases and deaths in the coronavirus pandemic's epicentre NY and an abatement in Washington state where it began.

Americans were put on notice Monday not to let up in the fight against the coronavirus, as a grim milestone of 10,000 deaths cast a pall over the first signs of optimism about the outbreak's trajectory.

But there could be many more deaths from coronavirus than we realize, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Delivering his warning at the start of the week when Christians commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, he told a FOX News interviewer: "It's tragically fitting that we're talking at the beginning of Holy Week because this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans' lives, quite frankly".

Still, governors of eight states resisted issuing stay-at-home orders aimed at slowing the spread of the respiratory disease, and some churches held large Palm Sunday services in defiance of such orders in their states.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that new hospitalizations had fallen by 50% over the previous 24 hours.

Washington state appears to be on the downward slope of its case curve and has even sent 400 ventilators to NY, but its governor Jay Inslee said he feared a second wave because of the ongoing patchwork response.

Cuomo said the goal of social distancing is to protect the people who are most vulnerable. "We need prayers right now, it's what we need". We get those from God, ' Spell said Sunday. "We prefer to obey God than man".

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez thanked religious leaders on Sunday who organized online services, calling it "the safest way to keep us all connected" on Sunday.

The Department of Veterans Affairs will open more than 1,500 hospital beds for civilians in multiple states, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said.

NY is the worst-hit USA state by the pandemic, with more than 114,000 confirmed cases, followed by New Jersey and MI, the states with the second and third-most infections in the country, with 34,124, and 14,225 confirmed cases respectively.

Californians wear homemade masks to avoid buying the necessary medical masks in hospitals few supplies.

In one Brooklyn emergency room, it seems nearly every patient - no matter what they came in for - is found to have coronavirus, Dr. Sneha Topgi said. 'I'm scared for myself, and I'm scared for everyone in general'.

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