US coronavirus deaths hit 1,917 in 24 hours, total toll at 12,935 and 402,383 infections

By IGIHE
On 9 April 2020 at 11:09

The US has hit a new record for the highest number of coronavirus deaths reported in a single day, hitting 12,935 deaths by Tuesday evening following a spike of 1,917 fatalities in 24 hours.

The previous record for most new US COVID-19 deaths in a single day was on April 4 with a spike of 1,344 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Across the country, there are 402,383 cases of the virus reported as of Tuesday evening.

In the US there’s a reported fatality rate of 3.2 percent from the virus. More than 22,000 people have recovered from respiratory illness.

Figures show the number of fatalities has increased drastically by more than 8,000 in the first week of April compared to the entire month of March when 4,000 deaths were recorded.

The harrowing figures come as health officials warned this week would be one of the hardest for Americans given the death toll is expected to continue to rise in stark numbers.

Data has predicted the peak of the pandemic is still set to hit on April 16 when 3,000 deaths are expected to occur in 24 hours, according to forecasters at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine.

Health officials have warned that the death toll from coronavirus is likely much higher than is being reported because there is no national, streamlined way of reporting fatalities amid the pandemic.

The epicenter of the outbreak in the US lies in New York , where 731 new fatalities were reported Tuesday - its biggest one-day jump yet - bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 5,489 deaths.

There are now 139,876 confirmed infections across the state following an increase of 8,046 cases in 24 hours.

The previous record for most new US COVID-19 deaths in a single day was on April 4 with a spike of 1,344 cases

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