With the number of people killed by the coronavirus in the United States nearing 10,000 on Monday, the country’s top medical officials warned the worst was yet to come.
The number of cases has ballooned to 337,752 — nearly three times higher than the second-worst hit country, Spain — with 9,619 people killed as of 5:10 am ET, according to NBC News’ tracker.
At the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said critical medical supplies and staff have been secured but warned the magnitude of the crisis equals that of the Spanish flu and Great Depression.
As of Sunday evening, the city had seen 2,472 deaths due to the virus, de Blasio said in a statement. While 2,865 ventilators and another 1,780 breathing assistance machines had been distributed through the city, it needs another 1,000 to 1,500 ventilators by next Sunday.