US becomes first to record 1,000 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours in deadliest day yet

The is now the worst affected country by COVID-19 with more than 236,000 infections. The virus shows no signs of slowing down, despite the entire nation being on lockdown, and experts say as many as 200,000 will die by the time the pandemic is over.

On Thursday, the coronavirus death toll in America continued to rise to 5,647.

The US death toll is now far greater that the number of deaths officially reported in China, where the outbreak first originated back in December.

The Chinese death toll is currently 3,309.

There are fears that the next epicentre will be the city of Detroit.

The death toll in Michigan doubled in just three days.

Michigan now has the third highest death toll in the US after reporting a spike in its figures in the last couple of days.

New Jersey is second worst affected area behind New York with 355 deaths and 22,255 infections.

New York continues to have the most, with 92,381 infections and 2,373 deaths across the state.

New York City has rushed to bring in more medical professionals and ambulances as the city is forced to introduce parked refrigerated morgue trucks on the streets to collect the dead.

Boroughs outside of Manhattan have been hardest hit, according to a New York City Health Department map which breaks down the city’s coronavirus cases by zip code up until March 31.

The map revealed that the city’s poorer neighborhoods are being hardest hit by the pandemic.

Meanwhile, rich New York areas such as Greenwich Village and Brooklyn Heights are not being infected to the same level.

Elmhurst and Kew Gardens Hills in Queens, the South Bronx, and East New York in Brooklyn have the most cases of the areas across the city.

New York City needs 3.3million N95 masks, 2.1million surgical masks, 100,000 isolation gowns and 400 ventilators by Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

At least 2,500 more ventilators are needed for the healthcare system to cope with the expected surge in cases just next week.

The Mayor said: “We have to make sure it happens in time. Those are all very, very important.”

In the state of New York, a Navy hospital ship with 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms and a full medical staff, arrived in the city on Monday.

It will be used to treat non-coronavirus patients to free up space in city hospitals.

Field hospitals have also been set up in Central Park, the Javits Center and even in hotels like the Plaza and St Regis.

The indoor tennis center that is the site of the U.S. Open tournament is being turned into a hospital as well.

Meanwhile, in the UK a new anti-viral drug will be tested in British patients suffering from moderate or severe cases of Covid-19.

Remdesivir has been hailed as a frontrunner in the search for an effective treatment for the virus.

Around 150 patients will be recruited at NHS centres in England and Scotland, to help collect the vital data needed for the drug to be approved.

Developed by Gilead Sciences, it is being trialled in 15 countries.

Phase three UK trials will be overseen by Dr Andrew Ustianowsik, a consultant at North Manchester General Hospital, who said: “I think this drug is promising in the laboratory, and we’re hopeful it will be as promising in humans.”

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