US Now Has The Highest COVID-19 Death Toll Worldwide, Surpassing Italy

Medical staff move bodies from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center to a refrigerated truck on April 2, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
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April 11, 2020 4:40 p.m.
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As of Saturday, the United States has more confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic than any other country in the world.

According to trackers by John Hopkins University and the New York Times, the U.S. has reached over 20,000 fatalities caused by the coronavirus, surpassing Italy as having the highest death toll globally. Italy has approximately 19,500 fatalities, per John Hopkins’ tracker.

New York state continues to hold an overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. above all the other states. There are over 180,000 cases in the Empire State alone, and more than 8,000 people have died.

During a press briefing on Saturday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said that the number of deaths in his state is “somewhat stabilizing” but “at a horrific rate.”

Key Coronavirus Crisis Links

TPM’s COVID-19 hub.
Josh Marshall’s Twitter List of Trusted Experts (Epidemiologists, Researchers, Clinicians, Journalists, Government Agencies) providing reliable real-time information on the COVID-19 Crisis.
COVID-19 Tracking Project (updated data on testing and infections in the U.S.).
Johns Hopkins Global COVID-19 Survey (most up to date numbers globally and for countries around the world).
Worldometers.info (extensive source of information and data visualizations on COVID-19 Crisis — discussion of data here).
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