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Coronavirus: U.S. Death Toll Passes Grim 100,000 Milestone As Global Cases Top 5.5 Million – Update


UPDATED with latest: The death toll in America from coronavirus has surpassed 100,000, according to the latest data Thursday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The agency says the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide is now at 1,698,843, with fatalities reaching 100,446 after 1,415 deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

The grim milestone comes on the same day as another: the World Health Organization reported that total confirmed cases worldwide has surpassed 5.5 million, with 353,373 deaths in 217 countries and territories reported as of this afternoon.

The U.S.’ total confirmed case are now more than the world’s next six most-infected countries combined — in order of cases that includes Brazil (391,222), Russia (379,051), the UK (267,244), Spain (237,141), Italy (231,139) and Germany (179,717).

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, whose data has been widely used and tends to track higher than the CDC and WHO numbers, puts the global case total at 5.936M, with 358,067 global deaths.

The latest figures come as the U.S. and more and more countries around the world have enacted some form of phased stay-at-home orders amid the pandemic, with the just-passed Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. bringing videos of gatherings where many folks did not practice social distancing or wear face masks.

The country has been under a national emergency since March 13, part of a global shutdown that has imperiled economies both here and abroad.

Twelve countries now have more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19, according to data from the WHO, which declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic March 11. Peru joined the list last week week and now has 129,751 cases, as the Americas, led by Brazil, have become the latest hotspot for the virus.

According to the CDC’s latest data, 31 U.S. states and jurisdictions now have more than 10,000 cases, with New York and New Jersey alone comprising more than 320,00 of the nation’s total.

New York remains by far the most impacted state, with the department of health reporting a total of 366,733 COVID-19 cases statewide as of Thursday afternoon — more than any other country in the world outside Brazil and Russia. More than half of those cases are in New York City, with the total there at 201,501. The state now has 23,722 deaths from the virus; NYC accounts for 17,908 of the fatalities.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently extended the state’s stay-at-home order through June 13, though several of the state’s counties have begun reopening after meeting a seven-item checklist of goals. In NYC, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he doesn’t expect the city to reach those benchmarks until July.

California is now the fourth most-infected U.S. state, passing Massachusetts and behind only New York, New Jersey and Illinois in total cases. The Golden State now has 98,980 positive cases and 3,884 as of Tuesday, the latest figures available from the California Department of Public Health. The state is seventh nationally in fatalities.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that customers could resume shopping in stores, with modifications. Places of worship were reopened but limited to 25% capacity, or 100 people. Barbershops and hair salons are now allowed as part of the state’s four-phase plan for reopening.

Those reopening metrics are increasingly including Los Angeles County, which remains the trouble spot in the state as deaths were at 2,195 as of Wednesday in the region that includes Los Angeles, Pasadena and Long Beach. The county’s overall total of cases was 48,700 yesterday, a day after the county began allowing permitting the resumption of faith-based services, in-store shopping at low-risk stores, drive-in movies and other activities.

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