KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 — With the United States having more than half a million cases, it is now the world’s epicentre for the Covid-19 pandemic.
Johns Hopkins University has reported more than 20,000 related deaths in US, which surpasses Italy at 19,468 fatalities.
The US now has more reported deaths than any other country. This came about the same time as it became the first country to have more than 2,000 reported coronavirus deaths in a single day.
Every single US state has declared itself a federal disaster area as a result of Covid-19.
In New York state alone, according to CNN, 799 deaths were reported on Wednesday, marking an all-time high in a single day.
However, there was some good news.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was quoted as saying “You can see that the number is somewhat stabilizing, but it is stabilizing at a horrific rate,” he said, stating that the state curve “is continuing to flatten.”
“The number of hospitalizations appears to have hit an apex, and the apex appears to be a plateau,”
Experts with the White House Covid-19 task force have indicated that the epidemic may be starting to stablise.
Dr Anthony Fauci, one of the top US experts on infectious disease, was reported by BBC as saying that the country is “starting to see the levelling off and coming down” of cases and deaths.
A data-driven mathematical model of the pandemic predicts developed by Washington University has predicted that the United States will peak in the number of active COVID-19 cases around April 20.
At that point, the demand for medical resources will be at its highest.
The model expects that the US outbreak will see up to 990,000 total cases and 39,000 deaths, assuming that restrictions remain in place.