U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 7,000, Over 30,000 New Cases Reported on Friday

The U.S. reported more than 7,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday. At least 30,000 new cases of the novel virus infections have brought the total number of infections to 278,000. Friday represented the deadliest day in America's outbreak, with more than 1,400 new deaths reported.

The country has recorded the most coronavirus infections of any country, and the third highest number of deaths behind Italy (14,681) and Spain (11,198). Worldwide, there have now been more than 1.1 million confirmed cases and almost 60,000 deaths, with almost 227,000 people having so far recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Some 90 percent of Americans are now living under stay-at-home orders as officials try to "flatten the curve" of new infections and prevent healthcare systems from being overburdened to the point of collapse.

President Donald Trump said Friday that he would not issue a federal stay-at-home order, telling reporters, "I leave it up to the governors."

At his daily briefing, Trump banned the export of coronavirus protective gear as state governors struggled to secure adequate supplies. In New York—the state with the most infections—Governor Andrew Cuomo again said the state does not have enough ventilators and vowed to requisition them and other equipment from private hospitals and companies not using them.

New York recorded 562 additional deaths Friday, marking the deadliest day since the outbreak began. A total of 2,935 people have died in New York.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that people should wear a face covering, ideally cloth masks, in crowded areas, especially in cities and regions where the virus is particularly common.

The president, however, told reporters that the step is "voluntary" and added, "I don't think I'm going to be doing it," although First Lady Melania Trump tweeted urging Americans to use masks and other face coverings.

The CDC said Friday that infected communities should be monitored for another four weeks and meet three criteria before they are allowed to return to normal life. Communities must show a decrease in the number of cases and deaths, a decrease in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and demonstrate the public health capacity to properly investigate and control the virus.

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

  • Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
  • If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
  • Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask and glove usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.
  • Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
  • The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.
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Medical workers transport a patient at a special coronavirus intake area at Maimonides Medical Center in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn on April 3, 2020 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/Getty