The coronavirus death toll in the United States has exceeded 3,000, according to state and county health agencies — more than the number of people who died in the initial Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Health officials have warned that the virus could kill as many as 200,000 people in America, even “if we do things . . . almost perfectly.”
Here are some significant developments:
- Months into the outbreak, world leaders are pushing their pandemic responses to the brink, with an unprecedented state of emergency declared in Hungary, military hospital ships arriving in New York and Los Angeles, and Japanese citizens being warned against travel to a third of the world.
- Virus-stricken Spain reported 849 new deaths Tuesday, the worst 24-hour period yet in an outbreak that has killed 8,189 people there. Only Italy has reported a higher national death toll, more than 11,500.
- The confirmed number of infections worldwide continues to grow, reaching 800,000 on Tuesday. In the United States, there are more than 160,000 confirmed cases — almost double the number announced by China, where the outbreak began late last year.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials are considering recommending that Americans wear face coverings in public.
The easing of restrictions in China is helping its factories to rebound, data showed Tuesday, although a rocky recovery lies ahead as global consumer demand slumps.
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