US coronavirus deaths top 48,000, averaging 2,000 lives lost a day

 US coronavirus deaths topped 48,000 on Thursday as the number of lives lost in April rises by an average of 2,000 a day, according to a Reuters tally.
At current rates, US deaths will reach 50,000 later this week.
The total number of US cases was approaching 850,000 with most states yet to report on Thursday.
US cases rose by over 30,000 on Wednesday, the biggest increase in five days but in line with an average of 30,000 new cases a day in April, according to a Reuters tally.
Across the country, state officials say there remain bottlenecks in testing capacity, shortages of materials such as swabs used for taking samples and not enough workers to contact- trace infections.
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