US nears China's virus death toll as New York calls for help

Updated: Apr 01, 2020, 08:37 IST | Agencies | New York

Italy, Spain have already overtaken China and now account for more than half of the nearly 38,000 deaths worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University

Medical supplies and beds inside a tent as volunteers set up an Emergency Field Hospital for COVID-19 patients in Central Park in New York on Tuesday. Pic/AFP
Medical supplies and beds inside a tent as volunteers set up an Emergency Field Hospital for COVID-19 patients in Central Park in New York on Tuesday. Pic/AFP

The mounting death toll from the virus outbreak in the United States had it poised on Tuesday to overtake China's grim toll of 3,300 deaths, with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo saying up to 1 million more healthcare workers were needed.

"Please come help us," he urged. Hard-hit Italy and Spain have already overtaken China and now account for more than half of the nearly 38,000 COVID-19 deaths worldwide, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. In New York City, Cuomo and health officials warned that the crisis unfolding there is just a preview of what other US communities could soon face. New York State's death toll climbed by more than 250 people in a day Monday to more than 1,200, most of them in the city. "We've lost over one thousand New Yorkers," Cuomo said. "To me, we're beyond staggering already."

Even before the governor's appeal, close to 80,000 former nurses, doctors and other professionals were stepping up to volunteer, and a Navy hospital ship had arrived with 1,000 beds to relieve pressure on overwhelmed hospitals. More than 235 million people - about two of every three Americans — live in the 33 states where governors have declared statewide orders or recommendations to stay home. In California, officials put out a similar call for medical volunteers as Coronavirus hospitalizations doubled over the last four days and the number of patients in intensive care tripled.

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7,80,000
Total no. of confirm COVID-19 cases around the world

1,64,000
Total confirm COVID-19 cases in the US

4,13,000
Total no. of confirm COVID-19 cases in Europe

3,100
Total confirm COVID-19 deaths in the US

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