The novel coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. has seen its deadliest day yet, with nearly 2,000 deaths reported on Tuesday. The country's death toll climbed to just below 13,000, as of Wednesday, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.
The virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, China, has infected more than 1.4 million people wordwide, including nearly 400,000 in the U.S., as of Wednesday. There were 1,970 deaths in the U.S. reported on Tuesday, which means the virus has killed an American every 45 seconds.
The majority of the deaths have been in New York, which saw its highest daily death toll with 731 fatalities on Tuesday. The state's death count is now at nearly 5,500, New York Governor Cuomo confirmed. New York City alone has at least 4,009 casualties, as of Wednesday.
New Jersey has the second highest number of deaths in the country, with at least 1,232 fatalities, according to the New Jersey government website.
New Jersey and Connecticut both saw their largest daily death tolls, with 229 and 71 deaths, respectively, recorded on Tuesday. The tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut has seen a combined total of nearly 7,000 deaths among its nearly 191,000 infected people.
Michigan has seen at least 845 casualties, while 582 patients have died in Louisiana, according to each state's health department.
California has seen at least 450 deaths, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday, while Massachusetts has seen 356 fatalities, according to the Massachusetts Department of Health.
The U.S. braced for a surge in deaths this week. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams told Fox News on Sunday this week will be "the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans' lives."
"[The surge in deaths] is not going to be localized. It's going to be happening all over the country," he warned. But "there is a light at the end of the tunnel if everyone does their part for the next 30 days," he added.
Several states across the country have issued a "stay at home" order. The order requires residents to remain at home, while all non-essential businesses, including bars, restaurants and other places of public gathering, are shuttered.
President Donald Trump noted at a White House press briefing on Tuesday: "Even during this painful week, we see glimmers of very, very strong hope. And this will be a very painful week."
"But signs are that our strategy is totally working. Every American has a role to play in winning this war [against the virus]," he added.
The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.
Data on COVID-19 cases is from Johns Hopkins University unless otherwise stated.
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