The US has become the first country in the world to register over 2,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day, sparking fears that it's going to soon overtake Italy in the unpleasant spot as the nation with the most number of COVID-19 fatalities.
According to recent data from the Johns Hopkins University, 2,108 people lost their lives to the virus within the US in the 24 hours from Thursday night, reports Efe news.
The US recorded 1,878, 1,936 and 1,879 deaths over the previous three days.
The total number of fatalities in the US has now jumped to 18,769, closing the gap with Italy.
The European country has recorded 18,849 deaths and remains the worst affected nation by the pandemic.
Most of the deaths recorded since Thursday night is from three states in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Michigan.Michigan.
Some 777 people lost their lives in NY while the neighbouring state of New Jersey witnessed 232 fatalities. In Michigan, 205 died due to the infection.
The total number of confirmed infections in the US also exceeded half 1,000,000. The country has confirmed 501,419 coronavirus patients, as per Johns Hopkins University. Some 29,078 patients have recovered.
The US remains the main target of the pandemic and leads the number of infections in the world before Spain with 158,273 cases and 16,081 fatalities.
Italy features a total of 147,577 infected patients and 18,849 deaths. France has 125,931 cases and 13,215 fatalities, consistent with the university.