US records 2,108 coronavirus deaths in one day
A view of quiet Park Avenue in New York.–AFP
The United States on Friday become the first country to record more than 2,000 coronavirus deaths in one day, with 2,108 fatalities in the past 24 hours, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
The US has now recorded 18,586 deaths and is closing in on the toll of 18,849 dead in Italy, which has seen the most fatalities so far in the global pandemic.
The number of coronavirus cases recorded in the United States also surged past 500,000 late Friday, according to the latest tally by Johns Hopkins University.
The US has led the world in the number of infections since the end of March. With more than a third of all officially declared cases globally, it threatens to overtake Europe, which has recorded more than 850,000 cases.