At least six workers were killed when an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, buckled under the force of a devastating storm on Friday.
Rescuers search through the ruins of Kentucky homes and businesses for missing as local officials warn the state's death toll could rise.
President Joe Biden approved an emergency disaster declaration for Kentucky and pledged to support the affected states.
An internal report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cited by The New York Times, says new cases are expected to surge from mid-May, hitting 200,000 per day by June 1, with the daily death toll almost doubling to 3,000.
Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention don’t require N-95 masks for Covid-19 caregivers, but many hospitals are opting for the added protection because the infection has proven to be extremely contagious.
The US death toll was creeping toward the grim milestone of 10,000 as the pandemic's epicentre in New York racked up hundreds of lives lost a day and hospitals girded for an influx of new infected patients.
Visions of regime change in China and Iran due to Covid-19 represent a strain of Western callousness.
While the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions are the hardest hit by the virus, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that young people were also vulnerable.
Leaders in Ohio halted the state's presidential primary over concerns about the coronavirus. Officials in Florida, Arizona and Illinois say they would move forward with the vote.
The novel coronavirus has reached some 30 US states, with Oregon the latest to declare an emergency, and 60 million people in California and New York are under crisis measures.
Storm-related fatalities were reported in Texas due to icy weather, in Alabama from a deadly tornado and in Louisiana, where winds were so strong that a trailer home was lifted off its foundation and carried several hundred feet.
Public health officials are still at a loss to explain the cause of the severe lung illnesses, which have now reached 1,080 cases across 48 states and one US territory so far, up from 805 cases last week.
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