London/ Washington, Sept. 23 -- The US death toll from Covid-19 topped 200,000 on Tuesday, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world's richest nation.

The grim milestone in America was reported only hours after the UK announced new restrictions short of a total lockdown, with the country's authorities reporting a sharp increase in cases in recent weeks.

The deadly disease has so far claimed more than 965,000 lives globally and has infected over 31.3 million people. The US remains the worst-hit nation, surpassing 200,000 fatalities and reporting nearly 6.9 million Covid-19 infections. In the UK, the disease has claimed over 41,800 lives and infected at least 400,000 people.

Critics in the US said the ...