US COVID-19 cases rise by nearly 40,000 over 24 hours

by BERNAMA/ pic by AFP

CONFIRMED COVID-19 cases in the United States reached 823,786 as of 8 pm EST on Tuesday (8 am Wednesday Malaysia Time), up by 39,460 from 24 hours earlier, Xinhua news agency reported according to the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile the US have recorded a death toll of 44,999 as of Tuesday night, an increase of more than 2,700 from roughly 24 hours earlier.

As of Tuesday evening, New York State, the hardest-hit state in America, reported over 258,000 cases, more than any other country in the world except the United States.

Over 19,000 people in the state have succumbed to the disease, according to a running tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Other states with over 30,000 cases include New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California, Michigan and Illinois.

The tally showed that 75,204 infections have recovered and the United States have conducted over 4.1 million tests across the country.

As some US states are planning to ease stay-at-home orders in a bid to save economy, a report released Monday by Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Centre for Ethics said that the US will need to administer 20 million tests for the novel coronavirus each day by mid-summer in order to fully re-mobilise the economy in a safe fashion.