Over 2,000 people succumbed to the deadly Covid-19 disease in the US, as the country has grown into the global epicenter of the pandemic with over 120,000 confirmed cases, according to the data by Johns Hopkins University.
The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in the US has passed the 2,000 milestone, with John Hopkins University, which tracks Covid-19 data in real time, reporting that at least 2,010 people died from the flu-like disease in the US as of Saturday.
The new data marks a two-fold increase in fatalities in just two days. As recently as Thursday, the US crossed the grim threshold of 1,000 cases.
The US, which has just recently overtaken China as the country with the highest number of coronavirus cases, is now reporting a total of 121,117 cases - after becoming the first and, so far, the only nation to register over one hundred thousand cases.
As the Covid-19 continues to ravage the US, with the infected being spread across all the 50 states and the District of Columbia, New York City has been hit the hardest. The nation's most populous city has emerged as the hotspot of the virus with the largest number of fatalitiies within the US borders - 517.
New York City has seen 672 deaths from coronavirus, a grim, mounting toll that is up 155 from the last count. The total number of positive cases in the city is now 30,765.
Of those deaths, 527 of them were people with underlying conditions.
One Dead Every 17 Minutes: NYC Hospitals to "Collapse" Within 9 days
For the past two days, New Yorkers have been dying at a rate of one every 17 minutes, according to the latest grim citywide statistics.
On both Thursday and Friday, another 84 people died in the city from the coronavirus, as the number of positive cases and of those who are critically ill also climbed.
The COVID-19 death toll in the city was 450 as of Friday evening, up from 366 reported fatalities in the morning.
Total citywide coronavirus cases rose to 26,697, up 4.4 percent from the 25,573 reported in the morning.
Across the city, sirens wailed late into the night Friday as ambulance crews raced through empty streets from one call to the next. Medical emergency calls were up 40 percent to about 6,500 a day, shattering historical records and leading to up to 170 callers being put on hold at a time, according to EMS union officials.
Inside the city's hospitals, stretched to their limits by the crisis, healthcare workers faced unspeakable scenes of suffering and death.
'Hell. Biblical. I kid you not. People come in, they get intubated, they die, the cycle repeats,' said Dr Steve Kassapidis of Mount Sinai Queens. '9/11 was nothing compared to this, we were open waiting for patients to come who never came. Now they just keep coming.'
'The hospitals look like a war zone,' Dr Emad Youssef of Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn told CBS News. 'People lining up out of the hallway, through the EMS bay, through the ambulance bay, with masks on themselves, with oxygen on their nose.'
Doctors and nurses across the city report increasing shortages of vital personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gowns -- though city and hospital officials are denying the problem.
On Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that he believes the city's strained healthcare system has the personnel and supplies to make it through next week, but beyond that is uncertain.
'After next Sunday, April 5, is when I get very, very worried about everything we're gonna need,' he said, saying that an infusion of medical staff and equipment was needed to stave off disaster.
'I've put down that marker to the White House, that that is a decisive moment for the city of New York,' he said, saying the city urgently needs additional federal and military support, as well as at least 15,000 ventilators.
'We need to make sure we can get to that day and face the week after that, and the week after that as well,' de Blasio said. 'Right now we're not there.'
'I think people need to be ready for battle, and the hard truth helps them gird themselves for what's ahead,' he continued.
RI National Guard Goes Door-to-Door Looking for New Yorkers
The Rhode Island National Guard started going door to door on Saturday in coastal areas to inform any New Yorkers who may have come to the state that they must self-quarantine for 14 days while Gov. Gina Raimondo expanded the mandatory self-quarantine to anyone visiting the state.
Raimondo also ordered residents to stay at home, with exceptions for getting food, medicines or going to the doctor, and ordered nonessential retail businesses to close Monday until April 13 to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. She also directed realtors and hotel operators to include new requirements that any out-of-state residents must quarantine for 14 days in their purchase agreements.
State Police set up a checkpoint on I-95 in Hope Valley on Friday where drivers with New York license plates must stop and provide contact information and were told to self-quarantine for two weeks, WPRI.com reported.
“I want to be crystal clear about this: If you're coming to Rhode Island from New York you are ordered into quarantine. The reason for that is because more than half of the cases of coronavirus in America are in New York," Raimondo said, adding that it's not meant to be discriminatory.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the order "reactionary" and unconstitutional, saying he'd sue Rhode Island if the policy isn't rescinded but believed they could "work it out." "I understand the goal ... but there’s a point of absurdity, and I think what Rhode Island did is at that point of absurdity," said Cuomo, a Democrat.