Half-million infected by coronavirus worldwide as economic toll rises

COVID-19 Global death toll nearing 15,000

President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday that he wants the USA lockdown relaxed by mid-April, warning that keeping the measures in place could "destroy" the country. Italy has had a total of 80,589 cases at the time of writing, only 35 more than the U.S. The European country, however, has seen the number of new cases decline or remain flat for several days.

More than 471,000 people have been globally infected by the virus and over 21,000 have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Earlier, Trump had advised people not to gather in groups of more than 10, one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended no gatherings with 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. A count on the "grim milestone" by NBC News puts the number of deaths as of Thursday morning as being at least 1,001.

Thirteen of those deaths occurred at a single hospital in Queens on Wednesday.

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Horgan said he doesn't want people to fear losing their homes, which "should be a place of comfort and security". Henry reported 42 new B.C. cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and one death, raising the province's total to 14 deaths.

NY is one of the hardest hit states in the country, with 280 deaths in NY city since the start of the pandemic, according to the tracker.

The exponential rise in coronavirus cases has overwhelmed the city's medical system. Patients in the U.S. have complained of not being able to access tests, while doctors say they're already facing shortages of medical equipment and supplies.

Elsewhere in the U.S., King County in Washington state on Thursday became the second county to record 100 deaths linked to COVID-19.

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