US death toll tops 70,000 as New York fatalities surpass 20,000
Peter Wells in New York
New York’s coronavirus death toll topped 20,000 on Thursday, taking the total number of deaths in the US since the pandemic began to just over 70,000.
The hardest hit state has reported 20,828 deaths, according to data compiled on by the Covid Tracking Project.
Andrew Cuomo, the state’s governor, said today that a further 231 people in New York had died from coronavirus over the past 24 hours. But the overall New York tally increased by 941, with the Covid Tracking Project saying most of those “were newly confirmed, but did not occur in the last 24 hours”.
Including the revised New York deaths, the US’s daily toll of 2,746 represents a record high, up from 1,949 on Wednesday. The previous daily record was 2,700 on April 29.
Other states that had large increases over the past day were: Pennsylvania, up 310; New Jersey, up 252, and; Illinois, up 137. These are, respectively, the fifth, second and sixth hardest hit states in terms of total fatalities.
Since the pandemic began, 70,002 people have died from Covid-19 in the US, according to the Covid Tracking Project.