As of time of writing, Wyoming remains the only US state with no COVID-1-linked death. This comes as the state of Hawaii reported its first fatality linked to COVID-19, the rapidly spreading coronavirus that has practically turned the world and our lives upside down.

For those who are wondering, the victim in Hawaii was an older individual who resided in Oahu and had pre-existing health problems. The man's death came after Hawaii announced that anyone arriving in Hawaii would need to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

The COVID-19 situation in the United States is looking grim, no matter how hard we try to look on the brighter side of things. As it stands, over 4,000 people have passed away nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority in the New York area. The total confirmed cases in the United States have soared past 189,600 at time of writing, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

The United States remains the nation with the most number of COVID-19 cases. The White House estimates the US death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic to be somewhere between 100,000 and 240,000 - an undoubtedly distressing and scary figure.

At this time, the death toll in Italy has unfortunately climbed to 12,428 as of time of writing - the highest figure recorded worldwide. Globally, there are now more than 858,000 COVID-19 cases spread across the globe.

As the New York region has the most number of COVID-19 cases in the country, authorities are pleading with Americans to avoid traveling to and from the area and to stay at home as much as possible. Bear in mind the stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines apply across the nation, not just in the New York area.

On another note, with air travel grinding to a halt internationally and domestically, Spirit Airlines has announced the carrier is suspending all flights to and from the New York region in entirety, with effect from today, April 1. New York-based JetBlue is also slashing flights in the area by 80 percent.

Denise Bay is a staff writer at Email: