US death toll from novel coronavirus pandemic nears 100,000 threshold

Two women wearing masks to prevent spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) sit and talk on the boardwalk during Memorial Day weekend in Bethany Beach, Delaware, U.S., May 24, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)

More than 1.6 million U.S. citizens have contracted the COVID-19 disease so far, and the from the global pandemic has approached 100,000 mark, according to the latest data based on the figures released by the on Sunday.

The US coronavirus death toll has risen by 638 to 97,686 over the past 24 hours, the Johns Hopkins University tracker reported Sunday night.

After that relatively small increase, the US toll now stands at 97,686 lives as of 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Monday), according to the Baltimore-based university, and US cases of infection now number 1,641,585.

Both are the highest anywhere in the world.





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