Coronavirus: US death toll surpasses Spain as nearly 2000 die in 24 hours



Medical personnel transport a body from a refrigerated container at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in New York. (File photo: AP)

The United States recorded nearly 2,000 novel coronavirus deaths for a second day in a row, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University Wednesday night.

The record-breaking figure of 1,973 deaths (slightly higher than the previous day’s toll of 1,939) brings the total number of US fatalities to 14,695.

The US death toll now exceeds that of Spain, which has suffered 14,555 deaths, but has not surpassed Italy, whose toll stands at 17,669.

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