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Coronavirus kills 1,169 people in the USA in one day, a world record

The United States which is fast becoming the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic has recorded 1,169 COVID-19 fatalities in a single day, the Johns Hopkins University tracker showed. It is the largest death toll ever recorded since the outbreak began in china late last year. The toll reflected figures reported by the university between 8:30pm Wednesday (0030 GMT) and the same time Thursday.

The grim record was previously held by Italy, where 969 people died on March 27. The US has now recorded around 6000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began. The US city of New York has been the epicentre of the outbreak accounting for almost of infections and deaths so far. US President Donald Trump’s administration appeared to join local officials on Thursday in advising Americans to wear masks when venturing out during the still-exploding coronavirus pandemic.