An Average of 2,000 Lives Lost a Day in US: Report

US coronavirus deaths topped 48,000 on Thursday as the number of lives lost in April rises by an average of 2,000 a day. At current rates, US deaths will reach 50,000 later this week.

The total number of US cases was approaching 8,50,000, with most states yet to report on Thursday.

US cases rose by over 30,000 on Wednesday, the biggest increase in five days but in line with an average of 30,000 new cases a day in April.

Across the country, state officials say there remain bottlenecks in testing capacity, shortages of materials such as swabs used for taking samples and not enough workers to contact- trace infections.

In addition to a staggering death toll, unemployment claims soared on Thursday and reaffirmed the grim economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic.

Over 26.5 million Americans have sought unemployment benefits over the last five weeks, confirming that all the jobs gained during the longest employment boom in U.S. history have been wiped out as the novel coronavirus savages the economy.

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