Death toll in America soars amid rush to build field hospitals and find supplies

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES: The US government. USA He rushed Tuesday to build hundreds of makeshift hospitals near major cities as the pandemic pushed health systems to capacity, and sometimes beyond.

Even as millions of Americans snuggled into their homes on strict orders to stay home, the death toll, according to Reuters count, soared to more than 850 on Tuesday, the most for a single day.

Almost half of the new deaths occurred in New York State, the epicenter of the pandemic despite closed businesses and deserted streets. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called for immediate reinforcements in the country's largest city from the Trump administration.

This is the point at which we must be prepared for next week, when we expect a large increase in the number of cases. What I asked very clearly last week was for military medical personnel to be deployed here, de Blasio said at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, where a field hospital was being hastily built.

The sports complex is home to the US Open Tennis Championship. USA, which will begin on August 24. It remains on the calendar despite reports that Wimbledon, the sport's most prestigious event, is unlikely to go as planned in June. The US Open and Wimbledon are two of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments.

De Blasio, a Democrat who last year applied for his party's presidential nomination, said he had asked the White House for 1,000 additional nurses, 300 respiratory therapists and 150 doctors for Sunday.

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Nearly 3,900 people have already died from the coronavirus disease COVID-19 in the United States, more than the 2,977 who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Total confirmed cases in the US. USA It increased to 187,000.

White House medical experts say 100,000 to 240,000 people could ultimately perish from the respiratory disease in the United States, despite unprecedented orders by state and local governments largely confining Americans to their homes.

In addition to rules issued by at least 30 states, the president Donald trump , reversing course, said this week that most businesses and schools should remain shut at least through the end of April. Trump, speaking at the White House on Tuesday, said the next two weeks would be "very, very painful" for the country.

We want Americans to be prepared for the difficult days ahead. We are going through two very difficult weeks and then, hopefully, as experts predict ... they are going to see some real light at the end of the tunnel, the president said.

The US Army Corps of Engineers. USA He searched for hotels, dormitories, convention centers and large open spaces to build up to 341 temporary hospitals, Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite told ABC News' Good Morning America program. The body has already turned the New York City Jacob Javits Convention Center into a 1,000-bed hospital.

In Los Angeles, the National Guard turned the city's huge convention center into a federal medical station, Mayor Gil Garcetti said on Twitter. In California, the most populous state in the USA. In the US, the number of coronavirus patients has increased in recent days, with more than 7,600 confirmed cases through Tuesday and 150 deaths.

Connecticut Governor Ned lamont He said Tuesday that the US Strategic National Reserve for Medical Supplies. USA it was now empty and that the state was only trying to obtain medical equipment to combat the pandemic.

A Dutch cruise ship with confirmed cases of the virus and four fatalities on board sought permission to dock in Florida, even as Governor Ron DeSantis said the state could not afford to take on any additional patients.

The pandemic has affected doctors, nurses, and other health workers, who are overworked and lack the necessary medical devices and protective equipment.

"The duration itself is debilitating and exhausting and depressing," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo he said at a press conference.

The governor said his brother, 49-year-old CNN host Chris Cuomo, had tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday and would host his nightly show from his basement to avoid infecting family members or others.

Deaths related to the US coronavirus. USA They still follow those of Italy and Spain, which have more than 11,000 and 8,000 reported deaths, respectively. China, where the outbreak is believed to have originated, reported 3,305.

Worldwide, there are now more than 800,000 cases of the highly contagious disease caused by the virus and more than 40,000 reported deaths.

An intensive care unit nurse at a major Manhattan hospital said she was shocked by the deteriorating condition of young patients with few or no underlying health problems.

A healthy, 28-year-old ICU nurse is so ill that she has difficulty climbing a flight of stairs without breathing, the nurse said, requesting anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the media.

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