March 31, 2020 / Lisette Voytko, Forbes Staff
Topline: The U.S. on Monday recorded its highest one-day death toll from coronavirus, while globally, the number of cases surged past 800,000, as reports of patients overwhelming the healthcare system both domestically and abroad continue to emerge, and government officials saying the apex in infections is still weeks away.
- Over 500 people died from COVID-19 in the U.S. on Monday, reported the Washington Post, with Saturday’s toll of 446 deaths being the previous national high; the cumulative death toll is over 3,100.
- As of Tuesday morning, the global number of cases surpassed 800,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, with over 146,000 cases in the U.S., which has the highest number.
- Americans have been told as many as 100,000 to 200,000 people could die across the country as a result of the pandemic, according to models used by White House officials.
- Those models, according to the New York Times, are standard for epidemiologists but not precise, with outcomes depending on how strictly people adhere to social-distancing guidelines.
- Hospitals around the world are struggling to care for a surge of patients, with NYU Langone, one of the top U.S. medical centers, telling ER doctors to “think more critically” about who gets placed on a ventilator, the Wall Street Journal reported.