MIKE PENCE, Vice-President of the United States. (Image: REUTERS)

SOURCE: BBC News

The number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the United States has officially passed 3 million, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

Vice President Mike Pence confirmed the news at a press conference, and added that more than 130,000 people had died with Covid-19.

Removing his mask to address reporters, Pence went on to defend President Trump’s handling of the pandemic. He said the latest wave of cases seemed to be flattening out.

“While we mourn with those who mourn, because of what the American people have done, because of the extraordinary work of our healthcare workers around the country, we are encouraged that the average fatality rate continues to be low and steady,” he said.