Over 5,000 deaths have now been reported in the US

 

More than 5,000 people have died from the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

It is a grim milestone for America, which has seen a rapid rise in coronavirus cases and fatalities in recent weeks.

The total number of deaths stands at 5,119 and at least 216,515 infections have been recorded, according to Johns Hopkins figures.

New Orleans jazz legend, educator and father of four musical sons, Ellis Marsalis Jr., died on Wednesday, Ellis Marsalis Center for Music director emeritus Quint Davis said.

The cause of death was complications of Covid-19, his son Branford Marsalis told the New York Times.

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