COVID-19: With 19,701 deaths, U.S. surpasses Italy

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The United States on Saturday surpassed Italy for most fatalities from the new coronavirus of any country, according to Johns Hopkins University.

A tally from the U.S. based university shows that at least 19,701 people have died from Covid-19, the respiratory disease related to the virus, in the U.S.

Italy is reporting 18,849 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.

The United States has by far the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases globally, with nearly 506,188 infections.

Around the world, more than 106,469 people have died in the pandemic, and there are more than 1.7 million confirmed cases.

However, the true number of infections is likely higher, in part owing to testing shortages, and the death toll might be greater.

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