On Wednesday, the United States recorded nearly 2600 additional deaths from COVID-19 within 24 hours. The Johns Hopkins University said that the new record is the heaviest daily death toll recorded in any country so far.
According to a running tally from Johns Hopkins 2569 victims at 8:30 pm Eatern Time compared with the same time the previous evening, bringing the total number of US deaths to 28,326 — higher than any other nation.
Earlier the evening President Trump said “the data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases,” and he will declare his first plans for lifting coronavirus lockdowns. According to Johns Hopkins, the number of cases in the US reached 636,350.
Mr Trump has been criticized for failing to handle the pandemic. He was also accused of slowly reacting to stop the spread of the virus. He has accused the WHO of having “criticised” that decision and of being biased towards China more generally. “I am directing my administration to halt funding while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus,” Mr Trump told a news conference at the White House on Tuesday.