US coronavirus death toll tops 250,000 – highest in the world

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The United States has recorded the highest coronavirus death toll in the world with more than a quarter of a million.

Figures have topped 250,000 in the US, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.

This comes just days after current President Donald Trump went head to head with Democratic leader, and now President Elect, Joe Biden.

Last week Mr Trump gave a coronavirus briefing and spoke about the possibility of the US entering a national lockdown to combat coronavirus.

"Ideally, we won't go to a lockdown… We, I will not go, this administration will not be going to a lockdown," Trump said as he appeared to lose track of his thoughts momentarily.

"Hopefully the… whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration it will be.

"I guess time will tell, but I can tell you, this administration will not be going to a lockdown, it won't be a necessity.

"Lockdowns cost lives and they cost a lot of problems, the cure cannot be worse than the problem itself."

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The number of coronavirus cases in the United States has reached nearly 12 million, with 256, 162 deaths so far.

It comes as Mr Biden said this week "more people may die" if Mr Trump continues to refuse the transition in power.

The country has become the worst-affected in terms of death rate.

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Daily infections in the US have more than doubled from single-day highs during the previous peak in mid-July, and the number of Covid-19 hospital patients has reached an all-time high.

Forty states have reported record increases in cases in November, while 20 saw a record rise in deaths and 26 reported record hospitalisations.

The latest 7-day average shows the United States is reporting more than 144,000 daily cases and 1,120 daily deaths, reports Mirror Online.

Basic public health measures such as face covering to curb the spread have become politicized under Trump, who has avoided mask mandates even after contracting coronavirus last month, while Biden has backed their widespread use.

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