U.S. tops 150,000 COVID deaths among broad disease spread

July 30, 2020

The United States hit a grim milestone in its fight against COVID-19, as 150,000 Americans have now died from infection with the novel coronavirus, according to a news report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota.

According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, the United States now has over 4.4 million cases, including more than 150,000 fatalities. To compare, America’s death toll is almost double that of Brazil's, which has the second-most COVID-19 deaths, with almost 90,000. The United Kingdom has the third most, with just under 50,000.

The milestone comes as the United States has logged about 1,000 deaths per day over the past week, according to the New York Times. This is the highest average daily death toll since early June.

Ten states tracked record daily high death tolls, with many in the triple digits. California reported 185 new deaths, Florida 186, and Texas 200, according to media sources. Arkansas, Mississippi, and South Carolina also reported record-high average deaths.

Though many of the hot spots seem to be stabilizing in daily case counts, deaths have typically trailed case surges by several weeks during the pandemic.

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