US hits 150,000 coronavirus deaths

There are 4.4 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the nation.

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The US has reached the grim new coronavirus milestone of 150,000 deaths. 

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The US has now surpassed 150,000 deaths due to the coronavirus, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University. It comes less than a week after the nation topped 4 million coronavirus cases, with the US now sitting at almost 4.4 million confirmed cases as of Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. PT.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, has rapidly spread across the globe. Worldwide, there are now 16.8 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 662,000 deaths. Brazil has the second-highest number of cases, at 2.5 million, followed by India at 1.5 million, Russia at 827,000, South Africa at 471,000 and Mexico at 402,000.

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