The number of US deaths from the novel coronavirus has surpassed the toll of Americans killed in the Vietnam War, the Johns Hopkins University tracker showed Tuesday.
The pandemic has killed 58,365 people in the United States, the Baltimore-based university said.
The AFP said according to the National Archives, 58,220 Americans were killed in combat and from other causes such as accidents during years of war in Southeast Asia.
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Vietnamese authorities in Hanoi have said in their official account of the war that 1.2 million soldiers, both North Vietnamese regulars and Viet Cong guerrillas, were killed. Another 2 to 3 million civilians died, officials there say.
Communist Vietnam, a neighbor of China, has recorded 270 cases and no deaths, Johns Hopkins said.