The US has become the first country to record more than 2,000 deaths of people with coronavirus in a single day.
Over a 24-hour period, 2,108 people infected with the virus died, while the number of confirmed infections surged past 500,000, according to Johns Hopkins University figures.
More than half the total number of US deaths – which stood at more than 18,500 by Friday – are clustered in the three-state metropolitan area around New York City, home to around 20 million people.
Other hot spots include places such as Detroit, Louisiana and Washington, DC.
In the ‘bedroom communities’ across the Hudson River in New Jersey, to the east on Long Island and north to Connecticut, officials were recording some of the worst outbreaks in the country, even as public health authorities expressed optimism that the pace of infections appeared to be slowing.