US records over 10,000 coronavirus deaths as infections mount

The death toll now surpasses that of more than 6 wars combined

The USA reached a grim milestone in its fight against the coronavirus Monday as more than 10,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the nation. As of early Tuesday the number rose to 10,986 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins dashboard, which tracks the data. That total surpasses the number of battle deaths from six US wars combined, according to data from the US. Department of Veterans Affairs.

According to VA data a total of 9,961 soldiers died on the battlefield during the American Revolution, War of 1812, Mexican War, Indian Wars, Spanish-American Warand Desert Shield/Desert Storm. The data does not include other deaths related to the wars. Furthermore, the USA is seeing in excess of 1,000 fatalities per day, a daily toll more than double that of two of America's most deadly illnesses – lung cancer and the flu.

According to the tally by Johns Hopkins University, as of Monday afternoon, there had been 3,048 deaths in New York City, the hardest-hit US area, followed by 293 deaths in Wayne, Michigan, and 208 deaths in King, Washington.

The number of lives lost in New York state climbed past 4,700. The state has been averaging just under 600 deaths per day for the past four days. As horrific as that number was, the roughly steady daily totals have been a positive sign that social distancing has been working in the most lethal hot spot in the United States, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, though it's a trend that appears to have taken hold more convincingly in hard-hit Italy and Spain.

Cuomo also reported that the number of new people entering hospitals daily has dropped, as has the number of critically ill patients who require ventilators. However, he warned, "The numbers look like it may be turning. 'Yay, it's over!' No, it's not, and other places have made that mistake."

Last week, the White House projected up to 240,000 deaths in the United States stemming from the global pandemic even if social distancing guidelines were maintained. If no distancing measures had been put into place, between 1.5 million and 2.2 million Americans would have died, the experts said.

Globally, nearly 1.29 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus in 183 countries. Of those, 70,590 people have died of the COVID-19 respiratory disease caused by the virus.

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