29 May 2020

US hits 100,000 Covid-19 deaths

From Morning Report, 6:12 am on 29 May 2020

More than 100,000 people have now died from Covid-19 in the US. In a tweet, President Donald Trump described the figure as a "very sad milestone". 

The White House's chief medical expert, Doctor Anthony Fauci, told PBS that the loss ranks among America's worst.

The grim news continued yesterday with a new report from the US Labor Department that 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits since March.

That's the equivalent of one in four American workers.

More than two million of those claims were made last week.

US correspondent Simon Marks speaks to Corin Dann.