Coronavirus USA Update: death toll over 9,600

Coronavirus USA Update: death toll over 9,600
Coronavirus USA Update: death toll over 9,600

A global pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed at least 9,654 people in the United States.

The U.S. is, by far, the hardest-hit country with more than 337,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

The first cases of COVID-19 were detected in China back in December. Now, more than 1.2 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the disease and over 270,000 of them have recovered while more than 70,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University’s count. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.

Italy still has the highest death toll in the world — almost 16,000.

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