The US just recorded the highest single-day death toll in the world

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  • The US recorded 1,321 deaths between Thursday and Friday, statistics site Worldometers reported.
  • This is the highest single-day death toll recorded by any country in the world.
  • New York, the worst-hit state in the country, also recorded its highest single-day rise in deaths on Friday.
  • The record for the world's highest single-day death toll was last held by Spain, which reported 950 COVID-19 deaths on Thursday.
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The US recorded some 1,300 new coronavirus deaths between Thursday and Friday, the highest single-day death toll recorded by any country in the world.

The US recorded 1,321 new deaths on Friday, according to statistics site Worldometers, which took the recording at 12 a.m. GMT+0 Saturday, or 8 EDT Friday.Advertisement

Some 7,392 people have now died of COVID-19 in the US, Worldometers said. Meanwhile Johns Hopkins University, which tracks global cases using different sources - including Worldometers - recorded 7,159 deaths as of Saturday morning. The exact number may differ as both sites record data at different times.

Many of the new US deaths took place in New York, the worst-hit state in the country. It recorded 562 new deaths on Friday, its highest single-day rise in deaths, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The record for the highest single-day death toll in the world was last held by Spain, which on Thursday reported 950 new deaths from COVID-19. Spain is the second-most infected country in Europe. Italy is the first.
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Even at its peak, China - where the coronavirus broke out last December - recorded 150 new deaths in a single day, on February 23.

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