U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has climbed past 3,500, eclipsing China’s official count
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has climbed past 3,500, eclipsing China’s official count. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported Tuesday that deaths in New York state had risen more than 300 from the day before, reaching about 1,550, mostly in New York City.
That puts the U.S. ahead of China’s official death toll of about 3,300.
Also, Cuomo’s brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, has disclosed that he has become infected with the virus.
New York’s mammoth convention center started taking patients to ease the burden on the city’s overwhelmed health system and the tennis center where the U.S. Open is held was being turned into a hospital Tuesday as the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus closed in on China’s official count.
Elsewhere around the world, hard-hit Italy reported that the infection rate appears to be leveling off and new cases could start declining, but that the crisis is far from over. Spain, too, struggled to fend off the collapse of its hospital system.
Vladimir Putin’s Russia moved to crack down on quarantine violations and “fake news” about the outbreak. And China edged closer to normal as stores in the epicenter city of Wuhan began reopening.