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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in US top 100,000

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in US top 100,000
Posted at 6:06 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 18:15:39-04

There are now more than 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, according to a database kept by Johns Hopkins.

The United States is the first country to cross the barrier. The U.S. surpassed Italy and China and became the country with the most confirmed cases on Thursday.

Cases in the United States now represent about one-sixth of all confirmed worldwide cases of the virus.

As of Friday evening at 6 p.m. ET, Johns Hopkins reported that 1,544 in the U.S. had died of the disease. The database says 862 are confirmed to have recovered from the disease, but that number is likely much higher because many who contract the virus experience only mild symptoms and do not get tested for the virus.

New York City remains the epicenter of the virus outbreak in the United States. As of Friday evening, there were 25,000 confirmed cases of the virus in the city. At least 366 people in New York have died in connection with COVID-19.