CORONAVIRUS deaths in the United States have now reached 6000 with more than 250,000 infected.
The U.S infection numbers make up a quarter of the global total amid warnings the peak is still weeks away.
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A grim milestone in the Covid-19 pandemic has now been reached when the global death toll reached 50,000 and the number of cases one million.
The daily death toll in America is now the world’s highest with 968 dying on Thursday, slightly down from Wednesday when it went through the 1000 mark for the first time.
Projections produced by the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics have looked at when the virus will peak across the United States.
The non-peer reviewed study sees deaths peaking nationally on April 16 with Virginia peaking as late as May 20, The Hill reports.
New York continues to be the coronavirus epicenter, with 93,053 infections and 2,538 deaths across the state.
New York City accounts for around half of these cases with 51,809 cases and 1,562 deaths.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has warned the worst was still to come saying: “The toughest weeks are ahead.”
He said the city needs 3.3million N95 masks, 2.1million surgical masks, 100,000 isolation gowns and 400 ventilators by Sunday.
At least 2,500 more ventilators are needed for the healthcare system to cope with the expected surge in cases just next week.
New Jersey is second behind New York with 537 deaths and 25,590 infections with new fatalities and 3,335 new cases in the last day.
Michigan now has the third highest death toll after a spike in its figures.
The state's death toll had reached 417 on Thursday night – an increase of 82 – with more than 10,791 confirmed cases.
The coronavirus outbreak has thrown 10 million Americans out of work in just two weeks in the swiftest, most stunning collapse the U.S. job market has ever witnessed.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency asked the Pentagon for 100,000 body bags because of the possibility funeral homes will be overwhelmed, the military said.
Morgues and hospitals in New York City bent under the strain as they struggled to treat or bury casualties.
Corpses in white plastic were already overwhelming the Daniel J. Schaefer Funeral Home in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Usually equipped to handle 40-60 bodies at a time, it was taking care of 185.
Owner Pat Marmo said he’s been begging families to insist hospitals hold their dead loved ones as long as possible.
“This is a state of emergency. We need help,” he said.
Donald Trump insisted that Americans can decide for themselves whether or not to wear masks in public – but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to say they should.
"They can pretty much decide for themselves," he said at Thursday's White House coronavirus task force briefing.
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