More than 700 virus deaths in US in 24 hours: Johns Hopkins

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States (US) recorded another 734 coronavirus-related fatalities in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s death toll to 115,347, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University on Saturday.

The world’s top economy is the most affected by the pandemic in absolute terms, with both the highest number of deaths and the largest number of infections – 2,071,782 at 8.30pm on Saturday, a tracker maintained by the Baltimore-based university showed.

The US continues to register around 20,000 new cases of coronavirus each day, and is struggling to come down from that plateau as infection rates wax and wane around the country.

“It’s important that we remember that this situation is unprecedented. And that the pandemic has not ended,” Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield said.

US President Donald Trump’s administration allows that there are new flare-ups in coronavirus caseloads in some states but insists there will be no shutdown of the economy if a second full-blown wave arises.