The United States passed another grim milestone Tuesday when the number of deaths associated with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic topped 400,000, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 400,022 people nationwide have died of coronavirus-related causes. The news comes 36 days after the U.S. death toll topped 300,000. The numbers mean an average of about 2,770 people died of coronavirus-related causes each day since Dec. 15.
The U.S. death toll remains the world’s highest, accounting for nearly 20% of the more than 2 million deaths reported globally.
The U.S. has reported the most COVID-19 cases in the world. More than 24.1 million people have contracted COVID-19 since the virus was first detected in the U.S. early last year, according to Johns Hopkins. The numbers include more than 1 million cases in five states: 3 million in California, 2.1 million in Texas, 1.5 million in Florida, 1.2 million in New York and more than 1 million in Illinois.
Officials in India have reported the second-highest number of infections and the third-highest number of deaths. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 10.5 million coronavirus infections have been reported across India, causing over 152,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.
The third-highest number of COVID-19 cases was reported in Brazil, where 8.5 million have fallen ill. The country has the second-highest coronavirus-related death toll, with over 210,000 killed by the virus.
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