WASHINGTON 

The death toll in the U.S. from the novel coronavirus surpassed the 30,000 mark late Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.  

The university’s running tally counted 30,844 deaths and 638,111 cases.

The U.S. continues to lead worldwide deaths from the virus after Italy reported 21,645, followed by Spain with 18,812.

More than 52,600 people have recovered in the U.S., according to the data.

New York is the state worst-hit by the pandemic, with 14,064 deaths and more than 214,698 cases, followed by New Jersey with 3,156 deaths and 71,030 cases.

The bulk of the new deaths came hours after

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