COVID-19 has now killed more than 80,000 Americans

More than 80,000 Americans have now died from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to the latest tally.

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As at 7 p.m. on Saturday, eastern time, at least 80,004 people had died from the coronavirus in the United States from 1,346,332 infections, while 236,825 patients have recovered, according to statistics website worldometer which collates coronavirus data in the United States from official records.

And although authorities are claiming that the virus is coming under control, in the past four days alone, about 8,500 Americans have been killed by COVID-19, or more than 2000 deaths a day on an average.

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The virus has found its way inside the White House with at least two confirmed cases.

Yahoo News reported on Friday that several secret services who protect President Donald Trump have also tested positive for the deadly bug.

“Multiple members of the U.S. Secret Service have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to Department of Homeland Security documents reviewed by Yahoo News. 

“In March, the Secret Service, which is responsible for the protection of President Trump and other leaders, acknowledged that a single employee tested positive in March. However the problem is currently far more widespread, with 11 active cases at the agency as of Thursday evening, according to a daily report compiled by the DHS,” the report said.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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