Coronavirus USA Update: death toll tops 6,000

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Coronavirus USA Update: death toll tops 6,000
Coronavirus USA Update: death toll tops 6,000

The mounting death toll from the novel coronavirus in the United States surpassed 6,000 early Friday morning, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

A vast majority of those deaths have occurred in New York state, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak. The virus has claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people in New York City alone.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked the U.S. Department of Defense for 100,000 body bags due to the possibility that funeral homes across the country will become overwhelmed, a Pentagon spokesman told ABC News on Thursday.

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About 90% of the U.S. population is under stay-at-home orders, and many businesses are closed.

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