Explosion of coronavirus deaths comes as White House issues grim forecast of up to 240K fatalities
“This is going to be a rough two-week period,” President Trump said in a press conference on Tuesday. “As a nation we’re going to have a really rough two weeks. Our strength will be tested and our endurance will be tried.”
China – where the outbreak started – has reported 3,310 virus-related deaths, while over 4,070 have been killed in the U.S.
Deaths surged by roughly 700 on Tuesday, as infections are nearing 190,000 in the U.S. Wyoming is now the only state in the country without a fatality from the virus after Hawaii announced a senior citizen with multiple medical issues had died from the pandemic, according to Hawaii News Now.
New York — the epicenter for the virus outbreak in the U.S. — has over 76,000 infections and more than 1,700 fatalities as of early Wednesday. Over 43,000 of the state’s infections and more than half of its deaths have occurred in New York City.
In the U.S., 11 states have over 4,000 coronavirus infections — Michigan, Illinois, Louisiana and Massachusetts have started to become emerging hotspots for the virus. Michigan now has 7,615 cases after 1,117 infections and 75 deaths were recorded in a single day. Over 259 people in the state have died from the virus.
Illinois — which has seen nearly 6,000 infections — sent out an emergency alert to residents in the state on Tuesday requesting the need for additional licensed healthcare workers.
“In the COVID-19 event, Illinois is looking for medically trained individuals to join the fight,” according to the website where health professionals are directed to sign up. “Individuals that register here may be potentially contacted to work in a hospital surge or alternative housing setting.”