US coronavirus death toll tops 30,000

The US has the highest death toll in the world.
The US has the highest death toll in the world.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The confirmed coronavirus death toll in the United States surpassed 30,000 on Thursday (April 16), according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

The tracker says 30,990 people have now died in the country from Covid-19 since the start of the global health crisis.

The US has the highest death toll in the world, followed by Italy with 21,645 dead although its population is just a fifth of that of the US.

Spain has recorded 19,130 deaths, followed by France with 17,167.