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US coronavirus death toll tops 3,000 with more now dead than in 9/11 as health experts predict the worse is yet to come

US coronavirus death toll tops 3,000 with more now dead than in 9/11 as health experts predict the worse is yet to come
  • Monday was the deadliest day yet in the country's coronavirus crisis, with 541 people dying and the total death toll surpassing 3,000 
  • The COVID-19 outbreak is now officially more deadly than the 9/11 terrorist attacks which killed 2,977
  • Social distancing guidelines have been extended to April 30 as a result of the escalating death toll 
  • In New York City, where nearly 1,000 have died, there are fears of ambulance and paramedic shortages
  • New data suggests the NYC pandemic will peak on April 15 and that across the country, 2000 will die that day 
  • Health experts say that it will take longer for the virus to spread throughout the US and peak later 
  • In New York City, makeshift morgues are being used and bodies are being placed in cardboard coffins 
  • Over a hellish six hour period on Monday, someone died every two minutes in the city  
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
The US death toll from the coronavirus pandemic climbed past 3,000 on Monday, making the outbreak more deadly than the September 11 terrorist attacks that killed 2,977, and health experts are warning the worst is yet to come.   
Total deaths across the United States increased by at least 541 on Monday alone as states raced against time to prepare their hospitals for the pandemic. 
The University of Washington School of Medicine predicts that by April 20, the daily increase of deaths will hit 2,000. They say, by that metric, that the total US death toll will be 82,141. The White House has painted an even bleaker picture; that between 100,000 and 200,000 people die in a best case scenario where people follow social distancing guidelines   
President Donald Trump yesterday urged Americans to follow the rules. He has extended them to the end of April.  
New York City is the undoubted epicenter, with 138 new deaths reported on Monday. While it was an increase of 17 percent, it was a smaller increase than Saturday' spike, when 222 died. 
While the death rate is slowing, the number of new cases continues to rise. Experts predict the apex will hit in 10 days. 
Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are trying now to do everything they can to prepare for the city for that peak. Field hospitals have been set up in Central Park, at the Javits Center and even in hotels like the Plaza and St Regis. 
There are makeshift morgues popping up outside the city's overwhelmed hospitals which are struggling to keep up with the body count. 
More than 3,000 Americans had died from coronavirus as of Monday night. Pictured, medical staff load bodies to a refrigerated truck outside of Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York on Monday afternoon
More than 3,000 Americans had died from coronavirus as of Monday night. Pictured, medical staff load bodies to a refrigerated truck outside of Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York on Monday afternoon
Monday was the deadliest day yet in the country's coronavirus crisis, with 541 people dying and the total dead surpassing 3,000
Monday was the deadliest day yet in the country's coronavirus crisis, with 541 people dying and the total dead surpassing 3,000
Across the US, the number of new infections leaped by more than 20,000 on Monday alone as the US led the world with confirmed cases
Across the US, the number of new infections leaped by more than 20,000 on Monday alone as the US led the world with confirmed cases
Above a graph shows how the number of confirmed cases has escalated since January when the first one was noted in the US
Above a graph shows how the number of confirmed cases has escalated since January when the first one was noted in the US
Deaths per day will drop to below 100 after June 9, according to the predictive analysis by the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Some people could continue to die of the virus as late as July, although deaths should be below epidemic levels of 10 per day by the first week of July.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at a White House briefing that he expected a coronavirus outbreak in the fall, as well, but he said the nation would be better prepared to respond. 
The worst is still to come however; The analysis also highlights the strain that will be placed on hospitals with the number of hospitalized patients expected to peak nationally by the second week of April - although the peak may come later in some states.
The analysis predicts that the number of US deaths could vary widely, ranging from as low as around 38,000 to as high as around 162,000, due in part to disparate rates of the spread of the virus in different regions.
If social distancing is adhered to, the number of deaths from coronavirus is predicted to reach about 82,000 over the next four months, across all 50 states.  
As of Monday, 225 million people in the US were on lockdown as the likes of Virginia, Maryland and South Florida issued stay-at-home orders. 
'Whatever the numbers is, it's going to be staggering,' New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. 'We've lost over 1,000 New Yorkers... To me, we're beyond staggering already.'
He said the rise in the number of new coronavirus infections appeared to be slowing and the hospital discharge rate was increasing.
'People come into the hospital, they stay for a period of time, a number of days, and then they move on,' Cuomo said.    
Cuomo, one of the most prominent public figures of the coronavirus crisis, told a news conference the state might have to step in to close playgrounds in the country's most populous city in order to enforce social distancing and slow the spread of the virus. 
On the deadliest day yet in the country's mounting crisis, New York cheered the arrival of a gleaming 1,000-bed U.S. Navy hospital ship as a sign of hope in the city's desperate fight. 
People in New York and New Jersey lined both sides of the Hudson River to cheer the U.S Navy ship Comfort, a converted oil tanker painted white with giant red crosses, as it sailed past the Statue of Liberty accompanied by support ships and helicopters.
The Comfort will treat non-coronavirus patients, including those who require surgery and critical care, in an effort to free up other resources to fight the virus, the Navy said.
It's a wartime atmosphere and we all have to pull together,' said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was among the dignitaries to greet the ship's arrival at the Midtown Manhattan pier.
Hospitals in the New York City area have been overrun with patients suffering from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. Officials have appealed for volunteer healthcare workers. Cuomo asked for those based in other states to come to New York.
The death toll from the coronavirus is predicted to be 2,271 on April 15 alone, the model analysis by the University of Washington School of Medicine shows
The death toll from the coronavirus is predicted to be 2,271 on April 15 alone, the model analysis by the University of Washington School of Medicine shows
The analysis predicts that the number of US deaths could vary widely, ranging from as low as around 38,000 to as high as around 162,000, due in part to disparate rates of the spread of the virus in different region
The analysis predicts that the number of US deaths could vary widely, ranging from as low as around 38,000 to as high as around 162,000, due in part to disparate rates of the spread of the virus in different region
Experts are now trying to predict where the virus will peak next. Above, a map of potential hot spots with figures from March 30
Experts are now trying to predict where the virus will peak next. Above, a map of potential hot spots with figures from March 30
We can't take care of you if we can't take care of ourselves,' said Krystal Horchuck, a nurse with Virtua Memorial Hospital in New Jersey. 'I think a lot of us have accepted the fact that we are probably going to get this. It's just that we want to survive. We're all being exposed to it at some point.' 
To ease the pressure in New York, construction of a 68-bed field hospital began on Sunday in Manhattan's Central Park. The white tents being set up evoked a wartime feel in an island of green typically used by New Yorkers to exercise, picnic and enjoy the first signs of spring.
The makeshift facility, provided by the Mount Sinai Health System and non-profit organization Samaritan's Purse, is expected to begin accepting patients on Tuesday, de Blasio said.
Cuomo and de Blasio are among a growing chorus of officials who have voiced frustration at Trump's handling of the crisis and a shortage of ventilators and personal protective equipment. On Monday, Trump said he believed medical staff were stealing masks.
Ford Motor Co said on Monday it will produce 50,000 ventilators over the next 100 days at a Michigan plant in cooperation with General Electric's healthcare unit, and can then manufacture 30,000 a month.
Officials in states hard hit by the pandemic have pleaded with the Trump administration and manufacturers to speed up production of ventilators to cope with a surge in patients struggling to breathe. 
On Friday, Trump said he would invoke powers under the Defense Production Act to direct manufacturers to produce ventilators.   
New York is one of several states that have opted to release people from jail in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. He admitted that for 'fundamental medical and humanitarian' reasons, sex offender suspects in jail who are over 50, 60, or 70 years of age and with pre-existing conditions may have to be considered for release despite their previous decision not to.
Cuomo on Monday urged other states across the US to not think they are immune to the virus.
'There is no American that is immune. What is happening to New York is not an anomaly. In many ways, it's the canary in the coal mine,' Cuomo said.
'What you see us going through here, you will see happening all across this country. We believe that we're dealing with this pandemic at a level intensity that no one has seen before.
Authorities in New Orleans were setting up a field hospital at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - the same site where thousands of Hurricane Katrina refugees gathered in 2005 - to handle an expected overflow of patients.
Dr. Thomas Krajewski, an emergency room doctor at St. Barnard Parish hospital in New Orleans, said he had watched patients be admitted to the hospital and seem ready to get better only to get worse.
'Many of them have passed away already in a way that ... it's not normal,' he said. 'It's not something that any of us had prepared to do. And we're kind of writing the book as we go.'
The governors of Maryland, Virginia and Arizona issued 'stay-at-home' orders as cases rose in those states, as did Washington, D.C.
At the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois, 12 prisoners were hospitalized and several required ventilators, while 77 more showing symptoms were isolated at the facility, officials said.
Renowned country and folk singer John Prine was among the latest celebrities - including several members of Congress - to come down with the virus. Prine was in stable condition on Monday after being hospitalized with symptoms of the illness, his wife said on Twitter. Prine, a 73-year-old cancer survivor, lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
In California, another hard-hit state, Governor Gavin Newsom said the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations had nearly doubled over the past four days and the number of ICU patients had tripled. Officials there also appealed for medical volunteers.
California is expected to hit its coronavirus peak April 26. Florida will be at its worst May 3, according to modelling.  
When will coronavirus peak in YOUR state? Stunning graphs predict New York is just ten days away from the apex of its outbreak - while Florida's won't come for another MONTH
The model shows that New York is projected to see its apex in just nine days, with nearly 800 deaths and 71,000 hospital beds needed.
However, Florida is still another month away and is not expected to see its peak until May 3.
The team warns that the protections for each state is assuming that social distancing measures are maintained, such as people staying home and nursing homes barring visitors.
Dr Ali Mokdad, a professor of Health Metrics Sciences at IHME, explained that the model used mortality rates because when researchers began working on it, the numbers of those tested for the virus were low.
'There wasn't enough capacity for testing so we didn't know how many people are positive,' he told DailyMail.com.
The model, which allows users to search predictions for any state, not only shows deaths but the demand for hospital services in each state, including the availability of ventilators, general hospital beds, and ICU beds.
'No state, no metro area will be spared,' Dr Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force, told Meet the Press on Sunday about the IMHE projections.
'And the sooner that we react and the sooner the states and the metro areas react and ensure that they put in full mitigation at the same time understanding exactly what their hospitals need, then we'll be able to move forward together and protect the most Americans.'
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading coronavirus expert, said he thinks another month of social distancing will stunt the curve
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading coronavirus expert, said he thinks another month of social distancing will stunt the curve 
New York is estimated see its coronavirus deaths peak on April 10 with 798 deaths occurring that day, and 71,000 hospital beds needed
New York is estimated see its coronavirus deaths peak on April 10 with 798 deaths occurring that day, and 71,000 hospital beds needed
But Florida, expected by some to become the next epicenter, is not projected to see its peak until May 3
But Florida, expected by some to become the next epicenter, is not projected to see its peak until May 3
According to the predictions, New York is projected to be 10 days away for its peak on April 10 and will experience 798 deaths.
The state will need 71,574 beds in total and 11,070 beds - but only has about 13,000 and 700, respectively.
New York was the first US state to surpass 1,000 deaths and is estimated to report 15,546 by August 4.
'We would expect states like New York, where a lot of travel is, to have more cases and more mortality rates,' Dr Mokdad said.
'But what surprised us was that some states that didn't take these social distancing measures, it wouldn't have been so bad for them.'
Meanwhile, California - which has the third most cases - is a projected 25 days from its peak April 26, and Washington, which has the fourth most cases - is 24 days away from its April 24 peak.
Washington is estimated to report 29 deaths on its peak day with California to report 100 deaths.
Illinois is a bit closer and is projected to hit its peak on April 16, and report 88 deaths on that day - and 2,360 overall.
Florida, which has been suggested by some to become the new epicenter after New York City, is more than a month away from its peak, 33 days, on May 3.
But the state is expected to report 174 deaths that day - and more than 6,700 by August 4. 
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says city is running out of ambulances, predicts school is finished for the year and says he'll cut his own tenants slack with their rent - as images show coronavirus victims in temporary morgues
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said the city is rapidly moving medical personnel onto EMS teams and is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on getting more ambulances as the number of NYC coronavirus cases rose to 38,087 and deaths 917 on Monday evening.
The mayor met with Thomas Von Essen, former Fire Department New York commissioner now at FEMA, Monday to discuss how the federal government can help the medical examiner's office properly store bodies after horrifying images Monday showed bodies being forklifted from gurneys at Brooklyn Hospital Center and loaded into a refrigerated truck.
De Blasio said Monday that the city will lease out entire hotels and turn them into hospitals. 'We're going to be doing that to the tune of thousands of thousands of rooms,' he said in an interview on NY1.
He also admitted Monday that it's likely school will be out for the rest of the academic year.
'My fear is this crisis goes far enough into May, that we really lose that window', he said about resuming classes. He admitted distance learning was not a good substitute and said he felt bad children were being deprived of their education.
Medical staff load bodies to a refrigerated truck outside of Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York on Monday amid the crisis
Medical staff load bodies to a refrigerated truck outside of Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York on Monday amid the crisis
The mayor also urged landlords to consider letting tenants use their security deposits to pay rent after last week saw a record 3.2million people file for unemployment benefits.
'So many people do not have the money to pay,' he told New York 1. He added it's 'good for landlords too' as the funds are 'sitting in a bank account' with landlords 'not legally allowed to touch' it.
The mayor suggested the landlords simply put in place a provision for restoring the deposit over time, adding it's 'very crazy to ask people with no income to pay rent'.
Asked whether he as a landlord would do the same for his tenants, he said he would if necessary.
Bill de Blasio added Monday that he had asked the Rent Guidelines Board to freeze rents and he said the the states should take action on some sort of rent moratorium for people who live in properties that are not rent stabilized.
The USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship with 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms and a full medical staff, arrived in the city on Monday. It will be used to treat non-coronavirus patients to free up space in city hospitals
Workers build a makeshift morgue outside of Bellevue hospital to deal with an anticipated surge in coronavirus deaths in the coming days. The last time that New York City deployed a fleet of makeshift morgues outside hospitals was in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks
Workers build a makeshift morgue outside of Bellevue hospital to deal with an anticipated surge in coronavirus deaths in the coming days. The last time that New York City deployed a fleet of makeshift morgues outside hospitals was in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks
New Yorkers are hearing a constant wail of sirens as weary ambulance crews respond to a record volume of 911 calls. The city's ambulances are responding to about 6,000 calls a day — more than 50% more than average.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Sunday that the last five days have been the busiest stretch in the history of the city's EMS operation. Nigro said the surge is delaying responses to lower-level calls.
De Blasio previously said the city is planning to shift personnel onto EMS crews to help keep up with demand and he has asked the federal government to deliver 400 more ventilators to city hospitals by Wednesday, warning that without reinforcements the city will run out of masks, gowns and other hospital supplies in a week.
With the expected peak of cases in the city still two to three weeks away, de Blasio previously said he has asked the US military to aid in sending waves of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel to the city.
As well as the emergency services, hospitals have been overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients in New York City where 38,0087 have been infected and 914 people have died.
Out of 775,306 cases globally, the US has the most with 160,020 cases. New York is the worst affected state at 66,497. 
During a hellish six hour period from 10.30am to 4.30pm the city recorded a death every 2.9 minutes. Outside Mount Sinai hospital in Brooklyn they were loading the dead into a refrigerated truck on a residential street.
The city's death toll surged to 914 on Monday, with a total of another 253 fatalities in the state in the last 24 hours. The number of cases in the city meanwhile soared to more than 38,000, while the number infected in the state stands at 66,497 (pictured: workers load bodies onto the back of a truck outside Mount Sinai hospital in Brooklyn)
The city's death toll surged to 914 on Monday, with a total of another 253 fatalities in the state in the last 24 hours. The number of cases in the city meanwhile soared to more than 38,000, while the number infected in the state stands at 66,497 (pictured: workers load bodies onto the back of a truck outside Mount Sinai hospital in Brooklyn)

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