More than 1,000 US coronavirus deaths, near 70,000 cases: tracker

US among worst hit globally as coronavirus deaths top 1000

Coronavirus updates: Global death toll tops 20000

The United States has the third highest number of confirmed cases behind China and Italy, and the USA death rate is now 1.5%, based on reported cases.

Wednesday night marked a grim milestone as the coronavirus rampages across the planet: USA Today reports that the death toll in the U.S. has surpassed 1,000, hovering closer to 1,050, per a Johns Hopkins University data dashboard, which put the overall number of known cases in the United States at almost 70,000.

Pennsylvania avenue, one of the largest avenues of the US Capital, is nearly deserted by traffic during the 6pm usual rush hour in Washington. Johns Hopkins' numbers are slightly higher, citing upward of 480,000 cases worldwide and upward of 21,500 deaths.

The coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, first emerged in Wuhan, China last December and has spread to at least 167 countries and territories.

NY is one of the hardest hit states in the country, with 280 deaths in NY city since the start of the pandemic, according to the tracker.

"The reality is that what we're seeing right now in our emergency rooms is dire", said Dr Craig Spencer, director of global health in emergency medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. The death rate based on reported cases is now 1.2 percent - but the actual number believed to be infected is far higher, which would bring the rate down.

The flu and pneumonia caused around 60,000 deaths.

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