Coronavirus latest: US death toll jumps after rise in fatalities outside New York

US suffers third-highest daily increase in deaths

Peter Wells in New York

The US suffered its third-highest daily increase in deaths from coronavirus, taking the national total above 65,000 at a time when a growing number of states take steps to reopen their economies.

Over the past 24 hours, a further 2,527 people died, according to data compiled on Tuesday by the Covid Tracking Project. That was the third-highest daily increase since the outbreak began, owing to a jump in new deaths in New Jersey — partly because of a system outage over the weekend that caused a delay in reporting weekend data — and a record daily increase in Pennsylvania.

New Jersey, the second-hardest hit state, saw a further 334 people die over the past day. That was up from 39 on Monday, after the system shutdown. The total death toll stood at 8,244, lagging only New York.

Pennsylvania cemented its place as the fifth-hardest hit state overall, with a record 554 new deaths over the past 24 hours. Since the pandemic began, 3,012 people have died there.

New York’s daily death rate remains on a downward trend, with 230 over the past 24 hours and close to Monday’s increase of 226.

Since the outbreak began, 65,307 people have died nationally, according to CTP.

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