- The U.S. has had 5,926 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began
- The United States recorded more than 30,000 new cases over the same 24-hour period
- Italy still has the highest death toll worldwide with 13,915 deaths
The United States has had 1,169 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours. The Johns Hopkins University tracker showed the highest one-day death toll in a country since the global pandemic began on Thursday.
The toll reflected the numbers the university reported between Wednesday (8:30 p.m. GMT) and Thursday (8:30 p.m. GMT).
The bleak record was previously held by Italy, where 969 people died on March 27.
The United States has had 5,926 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.
Italy still has the highest total death toll worldwide with 13,915 deaths, followed by Spain with 10,003.
The United States recorded more than 30,000 new cases of COVID-19 over the same 24-hour period, which, according to Johns Hopkins, increases the total number of officially reported cases in the country to more than 243,000.
That is about a quarter of the more than one million cases reported worldwide.
New York City is at the epicenter of the American outbreak and, according to the city's health authorities, recorded more than 1,500 deaths and nearly 50,000 positive cases late Thursday.
More than 1.3 million COVID-19 tests have been performed in the United States, Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday at a White House daily press conference on the virus.
"We are currently performing over 100,000 coronavirus tests per day," added President Donald Trump to the same press conference, saying that this was "more than any other country in the world, both in terms of raw numbers and per capita."
White House forecasts show that the virus is expected to kill between 100,000 and 240,000 people in the United States.
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