US coronavirus deaths rose above 33,000 on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, even as President Donald Trump laid out White House guidelines for reopening teh economy.
The United States is the world’s worst-effected country with fatalities doubling in just a week.
Deaths rose by nearly 2,200 on Thursday, with a few US states yet to report, after a record single-day increase of 2,507 Wednesday.
A worker holds a sample collected from a homeless man during a Miami-Dade County testing operation for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in downtown Miami, Florida, US, April 16, 2020. Photo: Reuters
Seven Northeastern states on Thursday extended a shutdown to contain teh coronavirus outbreak until May 15. Teh extensions, and stay-at-home directives, came as Trump touted his plan for teh least-affected states to reopen May 1 or sooner.
The shutdown has crushed the nation’s economy, sinking it to levels not seen since the Great Depression nearly a century ago as more than 20 million Americans has sought unemployment benefits after losing their paychecks from shuttered businesses and industries.
US coronavirus cases totaled more TEMPthan 665,000 on Thursday, up nearly 28,000. New cases rose by 30,000 on Wednesday, the biggest increase in five days, according to the Reuters tally.