U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 1,000 Mark

The death toll from coronavirus passed the 1,000 mark Wednesday in the United States alone, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.

Wednesday afternoon, the Johns Hopkins University dashboard showed that 1,031 people in the United States had died from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Tuesday, the death toll had just passed 600. The university reports that 21,287 people around the world have died from coronavirus as of Wednesday evening. Globally, just under half a million cases—470,973—have been confirmed, and a total of 114,051 of people confirmed to have the disease have recovered.

In the U.S., New York state has been the hardest hit, with 33,006 cases confirmed and 280 deaths, as of Wednesday. New Jersey is the next most affected, with 4,402 confirmed cases of coronavirus, followed by California with 3,150 cases. Wednesday also saw Washington state, where the outbreak started in the U.S., pass the 100 dead mark.

Newsweek reached out to the CDC for comment.

In an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus, nearly half of the governors in the United States have ordered citizens to stay home and to close all non-essential businesses. The first three states to lockdown were California, New York and Illinois, three states that make up a quarter of the U.S. economy.

Though President Donald Trump has said he hopes the country can end lockdowns by Easter—a claim he repeated Wednesday at the coronavirus task force press briefing—he said he believes the country could reopen in "sections," with states less affected by the coronavirus opening before states hit harder. Trump also accused a reporter of writing "fake news" when she asked about the Easter timeline at Wednesday's briefing.

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The coronavirus death toll in the U.S. has passed 1,000 as of Wednesday afternoon, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Getty

The coronavirus has caused a massive effect on the economy. Wednesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom said that his state had seen 1 million people file for unemployment due to the disease. On Sunday, an economics professor predicted the pandemic could cost the U.S. $7 trillion and cause the worst job losses since the depression.

The Senate unanimously passed a coronavirus stimulus package late Wednesday night, just before midnight. The $2 trillion package includes provisions to send most Americans $1,200 checks, expand unemployment benefits worth $250 billion for up to four months, provides $350 billion for small business loans—some of which can be forgiven—as well as another $350 billion in emergency funds for states and local governments. The House is expected to vote on the bill Friday.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Italy had the highest number of deaths, with 7,503 dead due to the coronavirus. This was followed by Spain with 3,647 and Hubei, China, the province where the outbreak started, with 3,153 deaths. With the U.S. passing 1,000 deaths, that would put the country at No. 6 on the list of countries with the most deaths. No. 7 would be the United Kingdom with 465 deaths, less than half the number of people who have died in the United States. The U.K. has 63.18 million people, a fraction of the 327.2 million who live in the United States.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the United States, as of March 25 at 6 a.m.

This infographic shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. as of March 25. Statista

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