Coronavirus deaths vault over 75,000 in US

Washington: US deaths from the novel coronavirus topped 75,000 on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, after the White House shelved a step-by-step guide prepared by health officials to help states safely reopen.

75,000 dead: US President Donald Trump

75,000 dead: US President Donald TrumpCredit:AP

Deaths in the United States, the epicentre of the global pandemic, have averaged 2000 a day since mid-April despite efforts to slow the outbreak.

The death toll is higher than any fatalities from the seasonal flu going back to 1967 and represents more US deaths than during the first 10 years of the AIDS epidemic, from 1981 to 1991.

US cases are over 1.25 million as new infections continue to rise in many states, including Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to a Reuters tally and an analysis of historical data from the COVID Tracking Project.