KATHMANDU: The US coronavirus death toll has passed 200,000, according to the latest figures collated by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
More than 6.8 million people are known to have been infected in the US, more than in any other country.
The milestone comes amid an increase in cases in a number of states, including North Dakota and Utah.
In March, President Donald Trump said if deaths were between 100,000 and 200,000, the country would have done a “very good job”.
The previous month, when 15 cases had been reported in the country, he predicted that the number was going to be “close to zero” within a couple of days.
JHU reported the new death toll of 200,005 on Tuesday. The university has been collecting US and global coronavirus data since the outbreak began late last year in China. The first case in the US was confirmed in January.
(With inputs from Agencies)