US surpasses 200,000 coronavirus cases; sets new one-day record with 884 deaths

US surpasses 200,000 coronavirus cases; sets new one-day record with 884 deaths

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A medical worker walks out of a coronavirus testing tent at Brooklyn Hospital Centre in New York City. Angela Weiss / AFP

WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday (Apr 1) has surpassed 200,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The university's coronavirus tracker also showed the disease has killed 884 people over the past 24 hours in the US, a new one-day record for the country with by far the highest number of reported cases anywhere in the world.

The pandemic has claimed the lives of at least 4,475 people in the United States, which leads the world in the number of confirmed infections with 213,372, by the Johns Hopkins count.

The number of reported cases rose by 25,200 over the past 24 hours in the country. 

The grim record for deaths in one day is held by Italy with 969 on Mar 27.

New York state is the epicentre of the US fight against the deadly virus, with at least 1,900 deaths recorded there, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

More than eight out of 10 Americans are now under stay-at-home orders from state and local authorities in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

The White House has offered stark figures about the eventual national death toll, saying that as many as 240,000 Americans could die, even with mitigation measures in effect.

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Source: AFP/de

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