The world soared past the 1 million mark in confirmed coronavirus cases, jobless numbers skyrocketed, Democrats delayed their national convention and the nation's preeminent infectious disease expert required a security detail as the COVID-19 death toll stretched beyond 5,600 in the U.S. on Thursday.
More than 1,000 people died of the coronavirus in the U.S. on Wednesday. A week ago the total was less than 1,300. President Donald Trump and federal health officials predicted a “very painful” period in the country's fight against the public health emergency.
Of the globe's 1 million-plus cases, nearly one fourth -- more than 236,000 -- are in the U.S.
Jobless numbers released Thursday were stunning. New unemployment claims doubled to 6.6 million from last week's record-setting 3.3 million.
FEMA asked the Pentagon for 100,000 body bags. The FBI seized, bought and distributed to healthcare workers "hoarded" masks, gowns and other equipment. The president fired social media shots at "complainer" governors.
The U.S. death toll was at 5,648 Thursday afternoon, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. Worldwide, the death toll surpassed 51,000.
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A grim 1 million milestone
The world marked a grim milestone on Thursday, registering more than 1 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus that has swept the globe in less than five months.
But in reality that mark — 1,002,159 around 4 p.m. EDT — was crossed much earlier.
That's because the number of official cases are only those identified through testing. Cases not tested would include asymptomatic individuals, people who may have died of complications of the virus without anyone knowing it, and those whose symptoms were not serious enough to qualify for testing.
"The million (cases) is clearly way under what the actual number will be,'' said Dr. Steven Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
He said the U.S. figures are especially underreported "because of the lag that we had getting testing underway and the ability to only test the sickest of patients to begin with.''