US coronavirus deaths passes 150,000

US deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 150,000, a number higher than in any other country and nearly a quarter of the world’s total.

The first death in the US was reported on February 29. The country reached 50,000 deaths 54 days later on April 23 and 34 days later on May 27 crossed 100,000 deaths. It has taken 63 days to add another 50,000 to reach the 150,000 mark.

The country’s coronavirus death toll was 150,034 as of Wednesday afternoon — more than a fifth of the world’s 662,000-plus recorded deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Some states are seeing their highest death tolls. California on Wednesday reported 197 Covid-related deaths in a single day, according to state Department of Public Health. That total far outpaces the previous high of 159, recorded just last week.

Florida reported a record 216 deaths on Wednesday.

Nearly 16.7 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. Some 9.7 million patients have recovered, and more than 659,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Mainland China has reported 101 new cases of the novel coronavirus – the highest in more than three and a half months. Of the new cases, 89 are in the far western region of Xinjiang.

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