US Covid deaths top 310,000: Johns Hopkins University

US Covid-19 deaths surpassed 310,000 on Thursday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

With the national case count topping 17.1 million, the death toll across the US amounted to 310,095 as of 5.26 p.m. local time (2226 GMT), according to the CSSE data, Xinhua news agency reported.

New York State registered 36,052 fatalities, at the top of the US state-level death toll list. Texas recorded the second most deaths, which stood at 24,932. The states of California, Florida and New Jersey all confirmed more than 18,000 deaths, the CSSE tally showed.

States with more than 10,000 fatalities also include Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts and Georgia.

The US remains the nation hit the worst by the pandemic, with the world’s highest caseload and death toll, accounting for more than 18 per cent of the global deaths.

US Covid-19 deaths soared above 300,000 on December 14, and added 10,000 in just three days.

On Wednesday, the country reported 3,656 deaths, the highest single-day rise in death toll since the pandemic began, according to data compiled by the university.

Meanwhile, US daily cases surged to 247,403 on Wednesday, the largest number of new cases the country has ever seen in one day, the CSSE chart showed.