The US on Thursday logged 2,015 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, according to the university's tracker, marking the first time since the beginning of May that the number of fatalities surpassed 2,000.
The number of cases at 8:30pm (0030 GMT Friday) was 11,698,661 with 252,419 deaths, meaning 200,146 new infections and 2,239 more deaths in 24 hours.
India comes in second place in terms of cases at 9,004,365, while the country's death toll soared to 132,162.
According to Johns Hopkins, there were 1,848 COVID-19 deaths recorded on Wednesday, the most deaths recorded in a single day since May 7, when 1,925 deaths were recorded.More news: Facebook Details Amount Of Hate Speech On Its Platform
The countries with a death toll above 20,000 are Mexico (100,823), the United Kingdom (54,381), Italy (48,569), France (48,341), Iran (43,896), Spain (42,619), Argentina (36,790), Peru (35,446), Russian Federation (34,980), Colombia (34,929) and South Africa (20,759).
Reuters data shows the pace of new USA infections has quickened, with almost one million more cases recorded in just the last 6 days since the country hit 11 million.
Throughout the pandemic, 11.5 million people in the USA have contracted COVID-19 and more than 250,000 have died - the most of any country throughout the world.
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The US leads the world with more than 255,000 dead.
Multiple states are cracking down with new restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. North Dakota became the latest state to require that face coverings be worn in public, as it joins 39 other states this month in reporting record daily jumps in new cases.
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