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US coronavirus deaths pass 5,000

The fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic in the US has exceeded 5,000, while confirmed cases across the world are nearing one million.

There were 884 deaths in the US in a single day, a new record, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The latest victims include a six-week-old baby. Over 216,000 Americans are now infected, the world’s highest figure.

Reserves of protective gear and medical supplies are nearly exhausted.

This has left the federal government and individual US states competing for safety equipment, while the unprecedented demand has led to profiteering, Department for Homeland Security officials were quoted by the Washington Post as saying.

The Trump administration says it can acquire adequate supplies, and has 16 billion Dollars available to do so. But state and local officials have complained about insufficient protective equipment such as masks and gowns as well as ventilators, needed to help keep patients breathing.

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