The US have become the first country in the world to report over 2,000 coronavirus deaths in just 24 hours, as they are set to surpass Italy’s figures.
The much respected John Hopkins University has recorded 2,108 deaths with a total death toll of 18,777 and 501,615 confirmed coronavirus cases.
By comparison, Italy reported 18,849 deaths in just over 50 days with 147,577 known people to be infected with coronavirus.
Despite the shocking figures, Dr Deborah Birx said there are positive signs the outbreak is stabilising, but warned, “As encouraging as they are, we have not reached the peak.”
New York City have recorded 5,820 deaths whilst President Donald Trump has said
He expects the US to see a lower death toll than previous predictions of 100,00 fatalities.
At a Good Friday briefing at the White House, the US President said, he wants to start reopening the economy, “I want to get it open as soon as possible.”
“I would say without question it’s the biggest decision I’ve ever had to make.”
But no action will be taken until the Whit House knows the “country [are] going to be healthy” as “we don’t want to go back and start doing it over again.”