The US was the first country to report 1,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day on Wednesday as the death toll soared past 5,000.
With more than 216,000 infections across the country, America is now worse affected by COVID-19 than any other country in the world has been. The virus shows no signs of slowing down, despite the entire nation being on lockdown, and experts say as many as 200,000 will die by the time the pandemic is over.
The US death toll is now dwarfing the number of deaths officially reported in China (3,309), where the outbreak first originated back in December.
While the death toll in Italy (13,155) and Spain (9,387) is still higher, the US eclipsed the hard-hit European nations’ confirmed cases, with both Italy (110,574) and Spain (104,118) reporting only around half the number of infections.