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U.S., New York, Report Highest Single-Day Death Tolls: Coronavirus By The Numbers

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(This story was updated at 9:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 8) 

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Topline: The U.S. reported 1,850 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, the highest 24-hour death count of any country since the outbreak began; here are the latest numbers:

  • World: Total confirmed cases as of 9:00 a.m. ET: 1,446,557 — Total deaths: 83,149 — Total recoveries: 307,982.
  • U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9:00 a.m. ET: 399,929 — Total deaths: 12,911 — Total recoveries: 22,539.
  • Trending up ▲: New York — for two days straight New York reported fewer deaths than the day before but on Tuesday, the death count rose to 731, a record number for the state.
  • Trending down ▼: White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx said Wednesday that the outbreak is starting to slow in places across the U.S. and especially in states such as Washington and California, where social distancing started measures were put in place early.
  • By age: New data from the Centers for Disease Control shows children make a very small proportion of coronavirus cases and are much less likely to become ill, reports the New York Times.
  • By race: Coronavirus appears to be killing African-Americans in disproportionately high numbers, according to a Washington Post analysis of virus data. In Milwaukee County, for instance, African-Americans account for around 70% of the dead but make up just 26% of the population.
  • U.S. unemployment: The latest figures showed that some 10 million Americans have filed for unemployment over the last two weeks. (Forbes’ colleague Sergei Klebnikov reports that some economists say the unemployment rate could reach 30% due to the crisis.)

Crucial quote: “I guess one could get numb to the numbers,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. “For myself, I can tell you, the last thing I do is get numb.”

Surprising fact: 33 New York subway or bus workers have died from COVID-19, according to the New York Times NYT . 


This article was written by Jack Brewster from Forbes and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to

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