The U.S. is nearing the 15,000 mark for coronavirus-related fatalities Thursday, according to the data of Johns Hopkins University.

Still standing as the most virus-hit country in the world with more than 432,500 cases, the U.S. has recorded over 14,820 deaths.

It surpassed Spain with its tally earlier Thursday and had the second-highest death toll globally but new figures changed the order with 15,238 deaths in Spain.

In all, a total of 24,213 people have recovered from the pandemic.

The U.S. state of New York continues to be the epicenter with more than 6,200 deaths.

The bulk of the

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