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US death toll eclipses China’s as reinforcements head to NYC

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 5:10 PM
Members of the Texas Army National Guard unpack crates of supplies as they set up a field hospital in response to the new coronavirus pandemic at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Dallas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States death toll from the coronavirus climbed past 3,600 Tuesday, eclipsing China’s official count, as hard-hit New York City rushed to bring in more medical professionals and ambulances and parked refrigerated morgue trucks on the streets to collect the dead.

The crisis hit close to home for Governor Andrew Cuomo, who reported teary-eyed that his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, was infected.

The governor pronounced the disaster unlike any other the city has weathered: “This is ongoing and the duration itself is debilitating and exhausting and depressing.”

Elsewhere around the world, hard-hit Italy reported that the infection rate appears to be levelling off and new cases could start declining, but that the crisis is far from over.

Spain struggled to fend off the collapse of its hospital system. Vladimir Putin’s Russia moved to crack down on quarantine violations and “fake news” about the outbreak. And China edged closer to normal as stores in the epicenter city of Wuhan began reopening.

Worldwide, more than 800,000 people have been infected and over 40,000 have died, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Italy and Spain accounted for half the deaths, while the US had over 180,000 infections, with more dead than China’s official toll of about 3,300.

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