USA has more COVID-19 deaths than any other nation

USA has more COVID-19 deaths than any other nation

The outbreak has now claimed the lives of at least 18,860, people in the United States, which also leads the world in the number of confirmed infections with 503,594, by the Baltimore-based school's count.

As the death toll has mounted, President Donald Trump mulled over when the country might begin to see a return to normality. Italy's death total now stands at 19,899, officially second behind the United States.

Here is the death toll across the world since the outbreak started in China in December.

Most states have issued broad stay-at-home orders that prohibit any large gatherings.

"We look like we'll be coming in on the very, very low side, below the lowest side of the curve of death", Mr Trump said in an interview with Fox News.

He said "instinct" would also play a role.

Currently, the USA federal guidelines recommend that individuals work from home whenever possible, avoid discretionary travel and shopping trips, stay home when sick, keep away from bars, restaurants and food courts and avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people.

Turkey said on Friday that a 48-hour lockdown order would be rolled out in dozens of cities, including Ankara and Istanbul, as its virus death toll topped 1,000. While the numbers continue to surge in that nation, its President is going to make a "very tough decision" to weigh the balance and figure out which path would do more damage.

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His New York counterpart, Andrew Cuomo, said on Sunday they needed more tests, more federal help and a public health strategy that is consistent with an economic strategy.

New York City's public schools, which had been due to reopen on April 20 in a best-case scenario, will stay closed for the rest of the school year, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a briefing on Saturday, adding that it was "the right thing to do".

"Many many many more jobs are on the line and through initiatives like the wage subsidy we hope to curtail that significantly", Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough told CTV television in an interview that aired on Sunday.

With nearly all the country under stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of the disease, many turned to online church services to mark the holiest day in the Christian calendar.

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Some religious leaders plan to defy coronavirus bans, saying their right to worship outweighed the warnings.

But there have been glimmers of hope.

There are encouraging signs, though, that two hard-hit states are starting to turn a corner in their virus fight.

The stay-at-home orders imposed in recent weeks across 42 states have taken a huge toll on commerce and raised questions over how long business closures and travel curbs can be sustained.

The university's running tally counted 19,882 deaths and 514,415 cases as the US struggles to curb the outbreak.

At the current rate the United States could reach 30,000 coronavirus deaths by the end of next week while Italy has reported a total of 19,468 and Spain 16,480.

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