The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus spiked to a new one-day high of 4,591 on Friday, nearly double the previous record, as President Donald Trump issued guidelines for reopening the country but left it to the states to decide; some of whom announced extended restrictions instead.The 24 hours ending late Thursday the number of new fatalities went up to 4,591, overtaking by a wide margin the previous high of 2, 494 on Wednesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus tracker (other tallies may be higher or lower; the previous record was put at 2,569 by one them).The US toll so far was up, thus, to 33,286, and the number of confirmed cases went up by 31,451 over the same 24-hour period to 671,493.The number of cases increased in New York state, the epicenter of the American epidemic, to 223,691 thus far; with 14,832 fatalities, most of them in New York City, at 11,477.Despite these growing numbers, public health officials have expressed optimism that the United States is past the peak in new cases — 30% of US counties had not reported new cases in the last seven days, for instance. A drop in… Read full this story
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