US hits grim toll of 100,000 coronavirus deaths as states begin to reopen
The United States coronavirus death toll topped 100,000 as all 50 states move to reopen.
Tuesday’s grim milestone came after Maryland reported 31 more deaths over the last 24 hours, Rhode Island reported 26 and New York reported 73 new fatalities, bringing the national death toll to 100,001.
The coronavirus outbreak has sicked over 1.7 million people so far and cases are still on the rise in some states including Florida, Georgia and Virginia, which announced 1,615 new cases on Tuesday and 28 fatalities.
However, the nation’s epicenter for the virus, New York state, has seen cases and deaths fall over the last few weeks. On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 96 new coronavirus-related deaths, which is nearly half the daily death toll that was reported two months ago, on March 26 – a day that saw 134 Covid-19 deaths.
New York state has so far recorded 29,310 deaths and 278,000 cases of the virus.
Despite the ongoing outbreak, states have begun to reopen in an attempt to slow the economic free fall caused by the lockdown. The country’s national employment rate is reportedly 14.7% and nearly 40 million have filed jobless claims since the crisis began.
California’s has been hit particularly hard by the months of stay-at-home orders and has an estimated unemployment rate above 20%. The Golden State’s ability to recover from the crisis is pivotal as it has a gross domestic product larger than 25 states combined.
On Monday, public health officials in California opened retail stores and places of public worship as counties hurry to reopen.
One silver lining of the public health crisis has been a widespread drop in crime throughout the country, which has been locked down for months to stifle the spread of the virus.
New York City saw a 21 percent decrease in major crimes for the month ending in May 17 compared to the same time last year, according to Police Department statistics obtained by The New York Times.
One of the most drastic drops in crime was witnessed in Chicago, where police saw a 73 percent decrease in arrests during the first month of the lockdown.
However, experts have warned that crime data reported during the outbreak is still too raw to analyze properly
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