US Covid-19 death toll surpasses quarter of a million

US COVID-19 cases cross 11 million as pandemic intensifies

An ambulance is seen backed up to a temporary morgue outside Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., May 27, 2020.

The United States reached another grim milestone today, exceeding 250,000 COVID-19 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins global database.

The number of people hospitalized with the virus rose to at least 78,630 by Wednesday afternoon, the highest ever for a single day during the pandemic.

A private research institute says the numbers of in-patients with COVID-19 have been increasing in almost all the USA states.

Several states this week reimposed restrictions to curb the spread of the virus across the nation. The U.S. passed the 10 million case threshold on November 9.

Texas and California have reported the highest number of COVID-19 infections across the United States, together accounting for about 2.1 million cases or about 19 percent of the total cases since the pandemic began, according to Reuters analysis. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, urged the public to "think twice" about traveling and hosting indoor gatherings in the weeks ahead. The US has approximately averaged 862 coronavirus-related deaths since then.

The U.S. death toll is the highest in the world and remains far ahead of Brazil's almost 167,000 deaths and India's 131,000.

Since the pandemic began, more than 246,000 people in America have died of complications from COVID-19 - the most of any country around the world.

The number is likely to explode through the winter, experts have warned.

The first coronavirus-related death in the United States came on February 29. The same study, conducted by researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, also found that universal mask use could slash that projection by almost 130,000.

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