WASHINGTON

The death toll in the US from the novel coronavirus has surpassed the 50,000 mark, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University Friday.

The Maryland-based university’s running tally counted 50,031 deaths and 870,468 cases.

The U.S. continues to lead worldwide deaths related to the virus after Italy reported 25,549, followed by Spain with 22,524.

Nearly 81,000 people have recovered in the U.S., according to the data.

New York is the worst-hit state by the pandemic with 20,982 deaths and more than 263,400 cases, followed by New Jersey with 5,426 deaths and over 100,000 cases.

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