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Coronavirus: United States death toll hits 40,000

The United States death toll from the novel coronavirus rose to more than 40,000 on Sunday, April 19, the highest figure in the world from the pandemic.

Coronavirus: United States death toll hits 40,000

As of April, the United States became the epicenter of the novel coronavirus and New York has been the state most affected by the pandemic in the country. On Sunday, April 19 the U.S. death toll from the Covid-19 rose to more than 40,000 and is now the highest in the world, almost twice as many as Italy according to a Reuters tally.

It took the United States 38 days after recording its first fatality on Feb. 29 to reach 10,000 deaths on April 6, but only five more days to reach 20,000. The United States has by far the world's largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases, with more than 744,000 infections. New cases on Saturday rose by nearly 29,000, the lowest increase in three days.

New York state, which has been the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus pandemic, will begin the nation's most aggressive antibody testing campaign this week and some states are beginning to loosen restrictions as the nationwide effort to restore the economy began to take shape Sunday.

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