WASHINGTON  

The death toll from coronavirus in the U.S. has passed 8,500 on Sunday, with 1,340 more confirmed deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

The university’s running tally counted 8,503 deaths, and 312, 249 confirmed cases as the U.S. struggles to curb the outbreak.

The U.S. has become the country with the most confirmed coronavirus infections followed by Spain and Italy after the virus emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.

New York is the worst-hit U.S. state by the pandemic, with more than 114,000 confirmed cases, followed by New Jersey and Michigan, the states with the

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