Washington: The confirmed coronavirus death toll in the United States reached 32,917 on Thursday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
The toll as of 8:30 pm (5:30 am IST Friday) marked an increase of 4,491 deaths in the past 24 hours, by far the highest daily toll in the pandemic so far.
But the figure likely includes “probable” deaths related to COVID-19, which were not previously included. This week, New York City announced it would add 3,778 “probable” coronavirus deaths to its toll.
As of Thursday night, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had recorded 31,071 coronavirus deaths, including 4,141 “probable” virus deaths.
The US has the highest death toll in the world, followed by Italy with 22,170 dead although its population is just a fifth of that of the US.
Spain has recorded 19,130 deaths, followed by France with 17,920.
India today breached the 13,000-mark with 13,387 Covid-19 cases while the death toll surged to 437. Of these, 11,201 are active cases and 1,748 are cured. The numbers come amid an extended lockdown in the country till May 3 as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who sought the cooperation of Indians to defeat the pandemic.
The novel coronavirus has infected over 2 million (2,183,148) people globally and led to more than 146,841 deaths as the tracker on worldometers.info. (Inputs from Agencies)