US virus death rate at 288 in 24 hours, infections remaining

The United States added 288 deaths in COVID-19 in 24 hours, Johns Hopkins University showed on Sunday, with the infection rate remaining high as the country struggles to control a new wave of the disease.

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The world’s largest economy is the hardest hit country by the pandemic, with 125,768 deaths from more than 2.5 million cases, according to the Baltimore-based institution at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Monday).

More than half a million people have died in the coronavirus pandemic, an AFP compound showed Sunday, when bars in Los Angeles were ordered to close again due to severe cases in the United States.

The global number of infected infections is now just over 10 million from the virus that first appeared in China late last year, with fears growing for a complete second wave. The infection rate has doubled since May 21.

One million new infections were recorded in just six days, according to the AFP bill based on official sources, even when some countries are loosening penalties for lockdowns that have ruined their economies and thrown millions from work.

President Donald Trump was under growing pressure to show an example by wearing a face mask when his health secretary warned the “window closes” for the country to gain control of the situation.


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