Update: U.S. coronavirus death toll surpasses 1,000

Medics transport a patient through heavy rain into an ambulance at Life Care Center of Kirkland, the long-term care facility linked to several confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, in Kirkland, Washington, U.S. March 7, 2020. REUTERS/David Ryder

The U.S. coronavirus death toll surpassed 1,000 on Wednesday. Statistics showed that 247 people died in 24 hours and 13,355 new cases recorded.

Recovery rate remains poor: 384 out of 68,211 cases.

With U.S. tailing Italy’s 74,386 cases of coronavirus, there are fears that the world’s biggest economy may soon become the new epicentre of the virus in the entire world.

There are fears that the U.S. could also surpass Italy and China’s 81,218 case records.

New York remains the most hit state with 30,000 confirmed cases, almost 50 per cent of the national total and 10 times the cases recorded in nearby New Jersey..

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New York City has more than half of the cases in New York state. It has 17,000 cases, while Westchester County has 4,000 and Nassau County 3,000 .

Governor Andrew Cuomo has begged the Trump government to send down medical supplies, especially ventilators to take care of the people afflicted by the virus.

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