NEW YORK, NY -- Confirmed coronavirus-related deaths in the United States doubled in two days, surpassing 2,000 Saturday evening and highlighting how quickly the virus is spreading through the country.
Johns Hopkins University reported that confirmed deaths rose to more than 30,000 around the world. The U.S. ranked sixth in deaths, after Italy, Spain, China, Iran and France. Italy alone had more than 10,000 dead.
The U.S. death toll has risen abruptly in recent days. It topped 1,000 just Thursday.
Rhode Island announced its first two deaths from the coronavirus, leaving just three states with zero reported deaths: Hawaii, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Meantime, the amount of coronavirus cases around the world and in the U.S. also continues to skyrocket.
By Saturday, the number of diagnosed Covid-19 cases around the world surpassed 659,000. It was just Thursday that the globe reached 500,000 cases, which was double the number of coronavirus cases from the week before.
The U.S. surpassed 121,000 diagnosed coronavirus cases Saturday, according to the data compiled by Johns Hopkins.
At least 139,000 people globally have recovered from the virus during this pandemic.
The risk of death from COVID-19 is greater for older adults and people with other health problems. In most cases, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, which can include fever and cough and milder cases of pneumonia.