Nearly 2,600 U.S. coronavirus deaths in 24 hours: Johns Hopkins tally

This brings the total number of deaths to 28,326 — higher than any other nation

April 16, 2020 06:55 am | Updated 06:55 am IST - Washington, United States

A Medical worker enters the emergency room at a hospital on April 15, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

A Medical worker enters the emergency room at a hospital on April 15, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

The United States on April 15 posted nearly 2,600 additional deaths from COVID-19 in 24 hours, a new record and the heaviest daily toll of any country, Johns Hopkins University said.

A running tally from Johns Hopkins showed 2,569 victims at 8:30 pm Eastern Time (0030 GMT Thursday), compared with the same time the previous evening, bringing the total number of U.S. deaths to 28,326 — higher than any other nation.

The figures came after President Donald Trump earlier in the evening said "the data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases," and he will announce Thursday the first plans for lifting coronavirus lockdowns.

According to Johns Hopkins, the number of cases in the U.S. reached 636,350.

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