New York coronavirus deaths surpass 3,500; confirmed cases nationwide top 300,000

New York’s death toll from coronavirus on Saturday surpassed 3,500 as confirmed cases rose to 113,704, bringing the U.S. total to more than 8,000 fatalities and 295,000 cases. Confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States surpassed 300,000 on Saturday, with more than 8,000 deaths.

The U.S. will likely go down as the country that was supposedly best prepared to fight a pandemic but ended up catastrophically overmatched. The Washington Post retraces the failures over the first 70 days of the crisis.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Post investigation uncovered alarm and dismay among scientists at health labs about the Trump administration’s reliance on a flawed coronavirus test developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Italian authorities said that for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak, the use of intensive care unit beds fell.
  • At least 155 crew members aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for coronavirus, days after the Navy aircraft carrier’s captain was relieved of his post.
  • Two people on the Coral Princess cruise ship, which reported 12 positive cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, died overnight.
  • Official Chinese statistics put Wuhan’s coronavirus death toll at 2,563. Evidence coming out of the city suggests it was actually more than 40,000.

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