US death toll from coronavirus surpasses quarter million mark

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More than a quarter million people have died in the US from coronavirus, according to tracking numbers from Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday, by far the highest total in the world. The grim milestone comes about six weeks after the world surpassed the 1 million fatalities mark.

Global coronavirus infections now exceed 56 million, with the recent second wave of the virus accounting for a quarter of the total. Nearly 1.3 million people worldwide have died from the virus since it emerged late last year.

The number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 in the US doubled in the past month, according to the Associated Press. As of Tuesday, nearly 77,000 were hospitalized with the virus.

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