WASHINGTON

The number of people who have died from the novel coronavirus in the U.S. surpassed the 16,000 mark Thursday, according to data by Johns Hopkins University.

The university’s running tally counted 16,129 deaths and 452,582 cases as the U.S. struggles to curb the outbreak.

The U.S. now ranks second in the world with deaths from the virus after Italy reported 18,279, followed by Spain with 15,238.

Nearly 25,000 patients have recovered from the disease, according to data.

The state of New York continues to be the epicenter with more than 7,000 deaths, followed by New Jersey with 1,709.

U.S.

Read more: US coronavirus death toll surpasses 16,000