As the world creeps toward 1 million confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus and surpasses 47,000 deaths, the U.S. hit a grim milestone on Wednesday, reporting more than 1,000 deaths tied to the coronavirus in a single day for the first time. As of Thursday morning, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. had 216,721 cases and 5,138 coronavirus deaths, including 1,374 in New York City. The number of deaths reported Wednesday, 1,040, is more than twice the previous U.S. high mark, 504 deaths, registered Tuesday. Meanwhile, U.S. officials say the federal stockpile of respirator masks, gloves, and other protective equipment is nearing empty. Hospital workers across the U.S. are running out of protective equipment, putting them in greater danger of contracting COVID-19 and putting a further strain on the already-stretched U.S. health-care system.
The Washington Post