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Trump's coronavirus results: U.S. quickly approaches number of Vietnam war deaths

Christian Fernsby |
U.S. coronavirus deaths topped 47,000 Wednesday after rising by a near-record single-day number the previous day, according to a Reuters tally.

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A University of Washington, often cited by the White House, projected a total of nearly 66,000 U.S. coronavirus deaths by Aug 4, an upward revision from its most recent previous estimate of 60,000 deaths.

At current rates, U.S. deaths could reach 50,000 later this week.

The first U.S. coronavirus death occurred weeks earlier than previously believed, according to California county health officials who saved tissue samples for weeks until they could be tested.

The first U.S. death was on Feb 6, instead of Feb 29, they reported.

In the weeks since, the US death toll has soared to the highest in the world.

U.S. deaths totalled 47,050 Wednesday, with the day’s count about 1,800 and some states have yet to report.

U.S. deaths increased by 2,792 on Tuesday alone, just shy of a peak of 2,806 deaths in a single day on April 15.

New York state, the epicentre of the U.S. outbreak, reported 474 new deaths Wednesday, the smallest increase since April 1.

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