Coronavirus deaths near 200,000 in the US

The United States is nearing the stark milestone of 200,000 deaths, nine months after the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracker, the number of deaths in the US, the highest in the world, stood at 199,509 on Monday morning, roughly a fifth of the global total.

Among the dead are more than 1,000 healthcare workers.

The Guardian reported that COVID-19 has killed people of colour and immigrants in the US at higher rates than their white and US-born counterparts.

At least 30.9 million cases have been reported worldwide, with the United States contributing more than 6.7 million infections to that count.

The global tally of people who have died of the coronavirus is rapidly approaching 1 million.