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COVID-19 kills over 1,000 in US in 24 hours; death toll mounts in New York, Jersey, California

The Empire State building is lit in red and white lights to honor emergency medical workers Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

The coronavirus death toll in the United States of America is mounting by the thousands now. On Wednesday, US reported 1,037 COVID-19 deaths as major commercial and financial hubs like New York, New Jersey and California reported piling casualties.

The state of New York has seen over 500 deaths in the last 24 hours as the medical system in the city reels from astronomical rise in COVID-19 cases.

The US currently stands at the top of the list as far as COVID-19 cases worldwide go with 215,081 cases.

President Donald Trump acknowledged that the federal stockpile is nearly depleted of personal protective equipment used by doctors and nurses and warned of trying times to come.

‘Difficult days are ahead for our nation,’ he said. ‘We’re going to have a couple of weeks, starting pretty much now, but especially a few days from now that are going to be horrific.’

Scientists offered more evidence Wednesday that the coronavirus can be spread by seemingly healthy people who show no clear symptoms, leading the U.S. government to issue new guidance warning that anyone exposed to the disease can be considered a potential carrier.

Stocks tumbled on Wall Street and markets around the world, a day after the White House warned Americans to brace for 100,000 to 240,000 deaths projected in the U.S. before the crisis is over. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 970 points, or over 4%.

A new report Wednesday from the United Nations said the global economy could shrink by almost 1% this year instead of growing at a projected 2.5%.

Under growing pressure, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis belatedly joined his counterparts in more than 30 states in issuing a statewide stay-home order. The governors of Pennsylvania, Nevada and Mississippi took similar steps.

Trump said his administration has agreed to ship out 1,000 breathing machines vital for treating severe cases of COVID-19. He said the U.S. government has kept close hold on its stockpile of nearly 10,000 ventilators so they can be deployed quickly to states in need.

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