THE US now has the most coronavirus cases in the world after overtaking Italy when more than 2,000 died over just 24 hours.
The coronavirus death toll has now shot past 19,600 total, making up almost one in five deaths from coronavirus world wide.
Johns Hopkins University’s stats show that the US now has the highest total number of deaths in the world, surpassing the number of deaths in Italy for the first time today.
There have been 3,975 deaths globally in the last 24 hours, of which 1,086, over one in four, was a US citizen.
New York's total recorded death toll is at 8,672 as of Friday, a number that were it a country would be the sixth-highest mortality for a nation in the world.
JHU stats show that the US currently has 19,833 dead after 2,108 people died on Friday – the day that some experts had predicted a peak in coronavirus deaths.
Italy reported a total of 18,849 fatalities on Friday, although it has a much smaller population.
By comparison, the total number of US deaths soared to 18,693 on Friday as officials warned that fatalities would likely peak this week.
Coronavirus cases are expected to then decline as there is evidence that the number of new infections was flattening in New York state, the epicenter of America's outbreak.
Donald Trump said: "With the tireless devotion of American doctors and nurses and all of the medical people, we’ve kept our fatality rate very, very low compared to other countries.
"It looks like we’re headed to a number substantially below the 100,000. That would be the low mark.
"And I hope that bears out," he said of the eventual, predicted total death toll.
Confirmed US cases of the killer bug have been rising by 30,000 to 35,000 cases a day, as testing becomes more available.
Globally, there have been over 1.6million confirmed diagnoses, with the death toll topping 100,000 on Friday.
WE NEED FOOD
The shocking statistics come as the need for emergency food aid has exploded in recent weeks due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Nearly 100 per cent of food banks in the Feeding America network are serving more neighbors in need during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Yet nearly 60 per cent are facing reduced inventory levels amidst rising demand," according to a survey by Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief and food rescue organization.
It is struggling to cope with calls for additional aid – which has exceeded the 37 million people reported to be facing hunger in America last year.
It added that, "since establishing the Covid-19 Response Fund on March 13, Feeding America has distributed $112.4million and over 94 million pounds to food banks throughout the network, helping provide nearly 79million meals to neighbors facing hunger."
US Deaths are highest total in the world
The president told a press briefing at the White House on April 10: "More than two million coronavirus tests have now been completed, and we’re conducting approximately 100,000 more every day.
"We’re also working to bring blood-based serology tests to the market as quickly as possible so that Americans can determine whether or not they have already had the virus and potentially have immunity.
"The NIH, CDC, and FDA are currently validating these antibody tests to ensure that they are accurate, and they’re doing that at breakneck speed.
"When validated, we’re confident that the production will scale up to tens of millions of tests very quickly.
"We’re leading the world now in testing, by far, and we’re going to keep it that way."
The bug has been particularly brutal among the black and Hispanic populations, where it is proving twice as deadly, according to preliminary data.
Surgeon General Dr Jerome Adams told reporters: "You’ve heard the stats in New York City: Hispanics represent the majority of deaths.
"In Milwaukee County, blacks are 25 per cent of the population but almost 50 per cent of the cases and 75 per cent of the deaths.
"So what’s going on? Well, it’s alarming but it’s not surprising that people of color have a greater burden of chronic health conditions.
"African Americans and Native Americans develop high blood pressure at much younger ages, and it’s less likely to be under control, and does greater harm to their organs.
"Puerto Ricans have higher rates of asthma and black boys are three times as likely to die of asthma as their white counterparts.
"As a matter of fact, I’ve been carrying around an inhaler in my pocket for 40 years out of fear of having a fatal asthma attack."
I’ve been carrying an inhaler in my pocket for 40 years out of fear of having a fatal asthma attack.
Dr Adams added that during this global pandemic, "everyone knows it doesn’t matter if you look fit, if you look young.
"You are still at risk for getting and spreading and dying from coronavirus.
"The chronic burden of medical ills is likely to make people of color especially less resilient to the ravages of Covid-19.
"And it’s possibly — in fact, likely — that the burden of social ills is also contributing."
The flood of coronavirus cases coincides with a huge rise in people seeking sustenance from food banks – as unemployment claims continue to grow because of the pandemic.
Food bank operators in Ohio say as many as one in three clients are new to the food bank system as a result of the killer bug.
The Ohio Association of Foodbanks has asked for an emergency injection of $25million to cope with record-breaking requests for food.
Photos of food banks in various areas, including San Antonio, show organisations being swamped by hungry Americans desperate for sustenance.
The Labor Department said on Thursday that 6.6million people had applied for first-time unemployment benefits.
That's well in excess of the five million predicted by economists, an official report revealed.
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