More than 40,000 cases of Covid-19 in the US, deaths exceeded 500

US President Donald Trump at a press conference on March 23 at the White House about the situation of the Covid-19 epidemic. Photo: Reuters.
US President Donald Trump at a press conference on March 23 at the White House about the situation of the Covid-19 epidemic. Photo: Reuters.

The US health department on March 23 recorded more than 100 deaths from corona virus infection in the country. This is the first time US daily death statistics have increased by 3 digits.

As of March 23, the US recorded at least 520 deaths from Covid-19, a disease caused by the new strain of corona virus (SARS-CoV-2). The increase on March 22 was more than 100 cases, according to statistics of many US news agencies and statements of health officials.

According to the Washington Post, this is the first time the number of new daily deaths in the US has reached hundreds. Patient death after coronavirus infection has been reported in at least 34 states, Washington DC, and the US territory of Puerto Rico.

At a White House press conference on March 23, US Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that the number of patients tested positive for the virus exceeded 41,000. The US health agency has conducted more than 313,000 tests in the past.

As of noon March 23, dozens of states in the US have recorded additional deaths from Covid-19. New York is the state with the highest number of deaths of the day with 43 cases. Louisiana recorded a spike in infections and 14 deaths. Ranked followed by New Jersey and Michigan, each state with 7 Covid-19 patients died.

During a press conference at the White House, President Donald Trump also acknowledged the disease situation is getting worse.

“Obviously things will get worse. We are trying to make it not so bad … Clearly the number will continue to increase at this point, and then the number will decrease,” he said.

However, the 73-year-old leader still tended to underestimate the situation when he once again compared Covid-19 to the US seasonal flu, according to CNN.

“We also have many people who die from flu,” he said.

In the midst of a complicated disease situation, President Trump again considered easing disease control measures to prevent the economy from falling into chaos. President Trump and Vice President Pence announced on March 23 that the federal government would reassess guidelines to limit social exposure by the end of March.

“I don’t think the situation will last for months. We will reopen the national economy,” he repeatedly stressed that epidemic control measures recommended by the federal government will not last for 3- 4 months.

Some US health officials are calling on the government not to reverse measures to limit social exposure. They fear this move will undermine efforts to control the virus and put the hospital on an overload.