US coronavirus death toll surpasses 500,000

File photo: Medical workers tend to a patient at a Brooklyn hospital that has seen a rise in coronavirus-related cases on December 15, 2020 in New York City
File photo: Medical workers tend to a patient at a Brooklyn hospital that has seen a rise in coronavirus-related cases on December 15, 2020 in New York City. Photo credit Spencer Platt/Getty Images

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The U.S. coronavirus death toll surpassed 500,000 people on Sunday, according to a tally from NBC News.

The nation’s death toll reached 500,002 people on Sunday afternoon, the tally shows.

The U.S. leads the world in coronavirus deaths despite making up less than 5% of the worldwide population.

The global death toll from the coronavirus was 2,462,141 on Sunday, according to John Hopkins University, which put the U.S. death toll at 497,670.

California has the most deaths in the U.S. at 49,120, according to John Hopkins. New York has the second-most deaths at 46,703.

The nation’s first known coronavirus death was a 57-year-old woman in Santa Clara County, California, on Feb. 6 of last year, according to CNN.