US New York registers almost half of 40,585 fatalities, with more than 742,000 coronavirus infections reported countrywide.

Coronavirus-related deaths in the US topped 40,000 with New York recording nearly half of all fatalities.  Governor Andrew Cuomo said the coronavirus curve is “on the descent” after hospitalisations and deaths continue to fall.

Globally, more than 2.3 million people have been infected and more than 164,000 people have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Even before the first horrific phase of the COVID-19 pandemic has run its course, scientists are worried about the second wave of the disease.

It could crash worse than the first, killing tens of thousands of people who did such a good job of sheltering in place they remain virgin ground for the virus. Or it could be a mere swell, with so many people having been infected without symptoms that levels of immunity are higher than realized.