As the global death toll of Covid-19 surpasses 390,000, the spread of the virus continues to accelerate in parts of Latin America and Eastern Europe, according to the World Health Organization. Daily new confirmed cases are pushing new highs, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, with an all-time high of 130,400 new cases confirmed around the world on Wednesday.
In the U.S., cases have been on a gradual rise since Memorial Day weekend, a CNBC analysis of Hopkins data shows. The country is nonetheless pushing forward with reopening. Some of the largest Las Vegas casinos reopened on Thursday, and New York City, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, is slated to move into its first phase of reopening on Monday.
NYC reports first day with no confirmed Covid-19 deaths since March
12:31 p.m. ET — Wednesday marked the first day of no confirmed coronavirus deaths in New York City since March, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The city’s first confirmed death from coronavirus came on March 11, with deaths peaking April 7 at a high of 590, according to the city’s data. Confirmed deaths have declined since then, falling below 100 on May 9, CNBC’s Will Feuer reports.
The number of confirmed Covid-19 deaths account for patients who tested positive for the virus. There were three “probable” coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, meaning the individuals had symptoms of the virus but had not yet been tested, the city reported.
In New York City alone, more than 202,319 people have been infected by Covid-19, and the city has reported 16,992 confirmed deaths. New York City is set to enter phase one of reopening Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. To meet the state’s reopening criteria, the city still needs to increase its share of hospital beds available and expand its number of contract tracers deployed. —Suzanne Blake