The US just recorded the highest single-day death toll in the world
- The US recorded 1,321 deaths of the coronavirus between Thursday and Friday, statistics site Worldometers reported.
- This is the highest single-day death toll recorded by any country in the world.
- New York, the worst-hit state in the country, also reported its highest single-day rise in deaths on Friday.
- The previous record for the world's highest single-day death toll was held by Spain, which reported 950 Covid-19 deaths on Thursday.
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The US recorded some 1,300 new coronavirus deaths between Thursday and Friday, the highest single-day death toll reported by any country in the world.
The US saw 1,321 new deaths on Friday, according to statistics site Worldometers, which took the recording on Saturday morning.
A total of 7,392 people have now died of Covid-19 in the US, Worldometers said.
Meanwhile, according to Johns Hopkins University - which tracks global cases using different sources, including Worldometers - there were 7,159 US deaths as of Saturday morning. The exact number may differ as both sites record data at different times.
Many of the new US deaths took place in New York, the worst-hit state in the country. It saw 562 new coronavirus deaths on Friday, its highest single-day rise in deaths, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The record for the highest single-day death toll in the world was last held by Spain, which on Thursday reported 950 new deaths from Covid-19. Spain is the second-most infected country in Europe. Italy is the first.
Even at its peak, China - where the coronavirus broke out last December - officially reported 150 new deaths in a single day, on February 23.
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