US tops 4,000 daily COVID-19 deaths

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The United States has reported more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths in one day for the first time, as health systems struggle to cope with the number of sick and dying patients.

A total of 4,033 people died in connection with the disease within 24 hours, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

The country has seen a total of 365,000 deaths linked to the coronavirus so far, according to data from Johns Hopkins university, out of a population of 330 million people.

As well as the deaths, Thursday brought reports of more than 266,000 new cases, bringing the total tally to in excess of 21.6 million cases.

Case numbers are particularly high in the state of California, and in Los Angeles County where more than one in five test results are coming back positive.

Los Angeles County, the nation's most populous with 10 million residents, and nearly two dozen other counties have essentially run out of intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients.

No other country comes close to as many confirmed coronavirus cases in terms of absolute numbers.

In India, there are 10.3 million confirmed cases, while in Brazil, 7.9 million have been counted.