US closes in on 200,000 virus deaths, weeks before election

Washington (AFP) – The United States edged close to registering 200,000 Covid-19 deaths on Monday, the latest grim milestone for the country just weeks before voters decide if President Donald Trump will stay in office.According to a rolling tally by Johns Hopkins University, 199,743 Americans have died and 6.8 million have been confirmed infected.The US has had the world’s highest official death toll for months, ahead of Brazil and India, with 136,895 and 87,882 deaths respectively.Overall, the US accounts for four percent of the world’s population and 20 percent of its coronavirus deaths, wh…

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