US COVID-19 Outbreak Set To Become Deadlier Than China's

Tuesday, March 31st 2020, 4:10 am
By: CBS News

The coronavirus outbreak in the United States is on pace to become deadlier than China's on Tuesday. The death toll was already over 3,000 Monday night, just several hundred lower than in China. More than 500 deaths were added to the U.S. toll Monday alone. 

Only Italy and Spain have seen more deaths thus far, but while there are signs the outbreaks in those countries are growing more slowly, America's is still mushrooming.

The number of confirmed U.S. cases is already far higher than any other nation's at about 165,000. Americans have seen their country hurtle into a war-like response that few could have envisioned: Hospital tents in Central Park with a Navy hospital ship docked nearby and another in Los Angeles, and the governor of hard-hit New York begging doctors and nurses to come help.

Thirty-two states and Washington D.C. have issued stay-at-home orders, restricting movement in a manner completely unfamiliar to modern democracy.

Detailed information from the CDC on coronavirus treatment and prevention.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that the U.S. was on pace to register the most deaths from COVID-19 globally. Italy and Spain have the highest death tolls, with more than 11,000 and 7,700 fatalities respectively.