Confirmed coronavirus cases in the US passes 500,000: JHU


The coronavirus has now infected over 500,000 people in the U.S. as of 9:25 p.m. Eastern Time Friday, constituting almost one-third of all cases across the globe, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 

The virus, which emerged in Wuhan, China, in December, has since spread to more than 1.5 million people in almost every country around the world. On Friday, the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus worldwide surged past the 100,000 mark, doubling in nearly a week. 

New York state is the epicenter of the outbreak in the country and has reported more cases than Italy, Spain, France and Germany. However, the state has shown some signs of improvement after reporting its first negative net change in intensive care admissions on Thursday for the first time since the coronavirus crisis began. 

President Donald Trump has also said the number of projected deaths is now “substantially under” what health officials initially predicted.

“We’ll see what it ends up being, but it looks like we’re headed to a number substantially below the 100,000 that would be the low mark, and I hope that bears out,” Trump said. 

Here’s a snapshot of the numbers of cases around the world.

  • Global cases: At least 1,650,210
  • Global deaths: At least 100,376
  • Most cases reported: United States (475,749), Spain (157,053), Italy (147,577), Germany (119,624), France (118,790)

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