New York hospital coronavirus testing
People stand in line at NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Belvis to be tested for the coronavirus (COVID-19) on April 24, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York City. The NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Belvis is one of the newest sites specifically for NYCHA city housing residents to open for diagnostic testing in some of the hardest-hit areas in New York City. Image Credit: AFP

Washington: The United States recorded 1,258 coronavirus deaths on Friday, the lowest daily toll in the country in nearly three weeks, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University.

The fatalities, recorded in the 24 hours up to 8.30 pm (0030 GMT Saturday), bring the overall US death toll to 51,017, according to the Baltimore-based university.

The United States is by far the hardest-hit country in the global pandemic, in terms of both confirmed infections and deaths.

Despite the sharp drop in the death toll, down from 3,176 on Thursday, health experts have said confirmation of a downward trend in the country's outbreak would require a sustained decline in cases and deaths.