US COVID-19 death-toll surpasses 10,000

More than 10,000 people have died of coronavirus complications in the United States since the outbreak began in late January.

Figures released by the Johns Hopkins University Monday (April 6) indicate at least 347,003 confirmed cases of the virus in the US with 10,335 deaths.

The world’s leading economy is one of the worst-hit countries, trailing only Italy (15,877 ) and Spain (13,055) in numbers killed by the deadly pandemic.

The number of daily deaths is falling in some of the worst-affected European countries, but the US has yet to reach its peak of the crisis.

Since the middle of last week, the US has recorded more than 1,000 new deaths every day, with containment measures of varying degrees being enforced on a state-by-state basis. New York is the main focus of the American outbreak, with more than 4,750 deaths statewide and 130,000 cases, more than half of them in New York City.

Authorities have warned that between 100,000 and 240,000 people could die from COVID-19 in the US.