U.S. death toll tops 150,000 as hard-hit states reach record-high average deaths

The death toll in the United States has crossed 150,000, data from Johns Hopkins University shows. Across the country, cases are still increasing by the tens of thousands and the U.S. reports nearly 1,000 deaths, on average, every day. California, Florida, Texas and several other hard-hit states recorded record-high average deaths this week. President Donald Trump continues to publicly tout the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a Covid-19 treatment, despite scientific research that has shown no benefit of the drug for coronavirus patients.

Here are some of today’s biggest developments:

The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:

  • Global cases: More than 16.8 million
  • Global deaths: At least 662,222
  • U.S. cases: More than 4.39 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 150,034

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