Covid-19: US death toll overtakes Italy as world’s highest

The United States has reached a grim milestone in the fight against coronavirus, passing Italy to become the country with the most deaths in the world.

The latest data, compiled by Johns Hopkins University, shows more than 20,000 people in the US have now died. On Saturday, 2,108 people died in the U.S. in the past 24 hours – the first country in the world to record more than 2,000 deaths in a single day.

As a result, the U.S. has now overtaken Italy’s total of 18,849. It has recorded more than 503,000 cases.

Spain, the European country with the most reported coronavirus infections, has confirmed 510 new deaths, the lowest daily toll since March 23, when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

Worldwide coronavirus deaths now total 109,788 Confirmed cases have reached 1,792,801. Recorded worldwide recoveries total 411,590.