US records 1,297 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

A flag flies atop a veterans' headstone at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif., Monday, May 25, 2020. Public Memorial Day events at the cemetery were canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo)

The United States recorded 1,297 coronavirus deaths on Thursday, bringing its total to 101,573 since the global pandemic began, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The country has also officially logged 1,720,613 cases of the virus, far more than any other nation, the tracker kept by the Baltimore-based university showed at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Friday).

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