On Thursday, within the past 24 hours, the Johns Hopkins University Tracker reported 1169 deaths in the US, the highest one-day death toll in any country since the outbreak of the pandemic. The toll reflected data recorded by the university between 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (0030 GMT) and Thursday at the same time. Previously, Italy had the highest number of deaths, where 969 people died on 27 March.

According to Johns Hopkins, the US also registered more than 30000 new cases of COVID-19 in the same 24-hour time, taking the total number of officially confirmed cases to more than 243000 in the world.

According to estimates issued by the city officials late on Thursday, New York City is the epicenter of the US epidemic, with more than 1500 deaths and almost 50000 positive reports. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday, in a routine briefing in the White House on the outbreak, said that more than 1.3 million COVID-19 tests had been performed in the US.

President Donald Trump stated in the same briefing, “We are now conducting over 100000 Coronavirus tests per day, more than any other country in the world, both in terms of the raw number and on a per capita basis.” White House also reported that as many as 240000 Americans might be infected.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump warned of excruciating two weeks as the USA battles with the upsurge in the coronavirus.

In the face of the worsening situation, US President Donald Trump urged his countrymen to stay indoors and maintain social isolation for the next four weeks to the fight against the pandemic that spreads rapidly.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the US has reported 5926 Coronavirus deaths till date. Italy appears to have the highest cumulative mortality rate worldwide, with 13915 dead, followed Spain with 10003.

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