WASHINGTON, April 2 (CNN) - More than 5,000 people have died from the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

It is a grim milestone for America, which has seen a rapid rise in coronavirus cases and fatalities in recent weeks.

The total number of deaths stands at 5,119 and at least 216,515 infections have been recorded, according to Johns Hopkins figures.

Going forward, CNN will be reporting the Johns Hopkins University statistics on the coronavirus.