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Number of coronavirus cases worldwide tops 1 million


More than 1 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed globally and more than 51,000 deaths have been reported worldwide due to the virus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The U.S. has the most number of confirmed cases, though U.S. lawmakers and officials have raised questions about the figures being reported by Chinese authorities.

According to the Johns Hopkins University database, the U.S. has more than 235,000 cases and 5,600 deaths. Italy and Spain follow with more than 115,000 and 110,000 cases, respectively, and more than 24,000 deaths between them.

China, where the virus originated, reported more than 82,000 cases and 3,300 deaths from the virus, though U.S. intelligence agencies have reportedly concluded that Beijing has under-reported both the total number of cases and confirmed deaths.

U.S. health officials anticipate that the number of cases domestically and worldwide will continue to rise.

Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday that the U.S. alone will have “millions of cases,” and the White House has estimated that between 100,000 and 240,000 people in the U.S. could die from COVID-19.

The majority of states across the U.S. have put in place stay-at-home orders as a measure to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

President Trump on Sunday said the White House’s guidelines of social distancing will be extended and remain in place through the end of April.

The New York City area has become the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., but Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, warned Sunday that no city or state would be spared by the outbreak.

Birx and Fauci have pointed to Detroit and New Orleans as examples of metropolitan areas where the virus is worsening.

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