WASHINGTON, April 12 - The US has overtaken Italy as the country with the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 pandemic with the fatalities crossing 20,000, according to Johns Hopkins University data, as the novel coronavirus continues to wreak havoc across the globe.
The deadly coronavirus, that originated in China in December last year, has so far killed more than one lakh people across the globe.
The United States on Saturday became the country with the highest number of deaths at 20,597, surpassing Italy�s 19,468 fatalities.
More than 5.3 lakh Americans have tested positive for coronavirus, which is about the same for the next four countries put together: Spain (163,027), Italy (152,271), Germany (125,452) and France (93,790).
In terms of fatalities, the US and Italy are followed by Spain (16,606), France (13832) and United Kingdom (9,875), the varsity data showed. � PTI