US Covid-19 death toll passes 1,000, with almost 70,000 cases

A deserted Times Square in New York last night as the city grapples with the Covid-19 outbreak. – EPA pic, March 26, 2020.

THE number of deaths caused by the novel coronavirus rose to 1,031 in the United States yesterday, with 68,572 confirmed cases nationwide, a tracker run by the Johns Hopkins University showed.

The tracker had showed 827 just a few hours earlier. The United States has the third highest number of confirmed cases behind China and Italy, and the US death rate is now 1.5%, based on reported cases.

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