Massachusetts pushes US daily Covid-19 death rate back above 1,000

The US coronavirus one-day death rate jumped by more than 1,000, lifting the overall number of fatalities tracked by a widely-followed and US-focused source to more than 100,000.

A further 1,172 people in the US died from coronavirus over the past 24 hours, according to data compiled by Covid Tracking Project, up from a two month low of 469 on Monday.

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Before today, the national death rate had been below 1,000 for three days in a row. But Monday data tend to be lower than other days because of a slowdown in reporting over the weekend, and typically tick up again on Tuesday.

The latest increase was led by Massachusetts, which saw a further 239 deaths from Covid-19 over the past day. The state is the third hardest hit overall, with 7,085 deaths, trailing New York and New Jersey.

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Illinois and Pennsylvania — the sixth- and fourth-hardest hit states overall —reported the next-highest one day increases of 113 and 100, respectively.

Since the pandemic began, 100,177 people in the US have died from coronavirus, according to Covid Tracking Project. Data from Johns Hopkins University showed the US surpassed the grim milestone last week and today puts the nation’s overall tally at 106,028. Johns Hopkins University counts so-called probable deaths that Covid Tracking Project does not.

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