The daily death toll in the United States from coronavirus has set a bleak record for the second day in a row. Despite statistical models that predicted deaths to the peak. Another 2,509 died in the United States on Wednesday, bringing the total to 28,585 and surpassing Tuesday's record death toll of 2,387. It came two days after the latest statistical model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Widely relied on by policymakers across the country, projected that deaths would peak on Monday. The number of new cases does appear to be slowing somewhat. Yet, with 30,208 new confirmed cases reported on Wednesday, bringing the total to 645,064 nationwide. That is up somewhat from the day before, but down from daily records set last week.
Experts view deaths as a trailing indicator that continues to increase for several days. Even if new cases and hospitalizations decline, as people who hospitalized days or weeks ago continue to die. The model, often cited by the White House, this week predicted the total US deaths in the pandemic could reach about 68,800 by early August. That model suggests the United States has not even reached the halfway point in possible fatalities.
Deaths in hard-hit New York state are now at 10,842 after increasing by 752 in a day. New York state, which remains the epicenter of the US outbreak, has more than 203,000 confirmed cases. New Jersey follows with 68,824 infections and 2,805 deaths. Massachusetts has overtaken Michigan to become the state. With the third-highest number of infections with nearly 27,000 cases and 844 deaths. Michigan has just over 25,000 confirmed infections and 1,602 deaths.
Meanwhile, New York City announced 3,778 more deaths attributed to coronavirus. That was never confirmed because no test administered. The probable deaths, announced on Tuesday, occurred between March 11 and April 13. And when combined with confirmed deaths take the city's coronavirus death toll higher than 10,000. Due to a shortage of test kits, particularly in the early days of the outbreak. Not everyone hospitalized in critical condition or found dead at home was able to test for the virus. Postmortem tests were often not conducted to conserve test resources. Officials said that the newly announced deaths ruled. Probably based on the known symptoms and health histories of the patients who died.