Nearly 4,500 coronavirus deaths in the US in 24 hours

In the last 24 hours, the count at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Friday) reflected a rise of 4,491 fatalities. It is the highest regular toll so far in the pandemic.

by Hari Aditya

Updated: Apr 17, 2020 11:04 IST

Tags: World Corona
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Rise of Covid-19 in America

According to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, the confirmed death toll for coronavirus in the United States reached 32,917 Thursday. The toll at 8:30 pm (00:30 GMT Friday) represented a spike of 4,491 fatalities in the last 24 hours, by far the pandemic's largest regular toll so far. Yet the number also excludes "probable" COVID-19-related fatalities. That did not have previously.

New York City reported this week it would apply to its count 3,778 "probable" fatalities from coronavirus. As of Thursday night, 31,071 coronavirus deaths have been reported at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including 4,141 "probable" deaths from viruses. The US has the world's largest death rate, led by Italy with 22,170 deaths, while its population is just a quarter of that of the US.

Spain reported 19,130 deaths preceded by France reporting 17,920 deaths. About 667,800 cases of coronavirus have been identified in the United States, which has seen an unprecedented amount of deaths over the last two days. New York, the epicenter of the COVID- 19 outbreak in the world, has experienced more than 12,000 deaths in the state alone.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump announced proposals to restart the US economy Thursday evening, enabling the governor of each state to "to take a phased deliberate approach to reopen their individual states."

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