US coronavirus death toll tops 3,000 with more now dead than in 9/11 as health experts predict the worse is yet to come

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
By Paul Martin

Monday was the deadliest day yet in the country’s coronavirus crisis, with 541 people dying and the total death toll surpassing 3,000
The COVID-19 outbreak is now officially more deadly than the 9/11 terrorist attacks which killed 2,977
Social distancing guidelines have been extended to April 30 as a result of the escalating death toll
In New York City, where nearly 1,000 have died, there are fears of ambulance and paramedic shortages
New data suggests the NYC pandemic will peak on April 15 and that across the country, 2000 will die that day
Health experts say that it will take longer for the virus to spread throughout the US and peak later
In New York City, makeshift morgues are being used and bodies are being placed in cardboard coffins
Over a hellish six hour period on Monday, someone died every two minutes in the city
Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

31 March 2020

The US death toll from the coronavirus pandemic climbed past 3,000 on Monday, making the outbreak more deadly than the September 11 terrorist attacks that killed 2,977, and health experts are warning the worst is yet to come.

Total deaths across the United States increased by at least 541 on Monday alone as states raced against time to prepare their hospitals for the pandemic.

The University of Washington School of Medicine predicts that by April 20, the daily increase of deaths will hit 2,000. They say, by that metric, that the total US death toll will be 82,141. The White House has painted an even bleaker picture; that between 100,000 and 200,000 people die in a best case scenario where people follow social distancing guidelines

President Donald Trump yesterday urged Americans to follow the rules. He has extended them to the end of April.

New York City is the undoubted epicenter, with 138 new deaths reported on Monday. While it was an increase of 17 percent, it was a smaller increase than Saturday’ spike, when 222 died.

While the death rate is slowing, the number of new cases continues to rise. Experts predict the apex will hit in 10 days.

Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are trying now to do everything they can to prepare for the city for that peak. Field hospitals have been set up in Central Park, at the Javits Center and even in hotels like the Plaza and St Regis.

There are makeshift morgues popping up outside the city’s overwhelmed hospitals which are struggling to keep up with the body count.

Deaths per day will drop to below 100 after June 9, according to the predictive analysis by the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Some people could continue to die of the virus as late as July, although deaths should be below epidemic levels of 10 per day by the first week of July.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at a White House briefing that he expected a coronavirus outbreak in the fall, as well, but he said the nation would be better prepared to respond.

The worst is still to come however; The analysis also highlights the strain that will be placed on hospitals with the number of hospitalized patients expected to peak nationally by the second week of April – although the peak may come later in some states.

The analysis predicts that the number of US deaths could vary widely, ranging from as low as around 38,000 to as high as around 162,000, due in part to disparate rates of the spread of the virus in different regions.

If social distancing is adhered to, the number of deaths from coronavirus is predicted to reach about 82,000 over the next four months, across all 50 states.

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