US tops 400,000 coronavirus cases with near 13000 deaths

By: AFP      Published: 09:51 PM, 8 Apr, 2020
US tops 400,000 coronavirus cases with near 13000 deaths
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center employees transport a deceased patient to a refrigerated truck in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. AFP

The United States on Wednesday surpassed 400,000 novel coronavirus cases, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The pandemic has now claimed the lives of at least 12,936 people in the United States, which leads the world in the number of confirmed infections with 401,116, by the Baltimore-based school's count.

The 300,000-case milestone was passed on Saturday. New York has reported record 779 coronavirus deaths in past 24 hours.