With U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force team looking on, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a press briefing in the press briefing room of the White House March 10, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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The new coronavirus that’s rapidly spreading throughout the U.S. reached all 50 states on Tuesday as the U.S. death toll also passed 100.
The virus has now infected more than 5,809 people across the country and killed at least 100. There were just 62 confirmed cases of the rapidly spreading virus in the U.S. on March 1, according to the World Health Organization.
Almost half of all confirmed U.S. cases are in Washington state, California and New York, where major epidemics have erupted, prompting the governors to declare states of emergency to free up funding for communities battling outbreaks. More than half of all deaths in the U.S. occurred in Washington state.
The number of actual cases in the country is likely significantly higher, state and local officials say. Testing in the U.S. has been hampered by delays and a restrictive diagnostic criteria that limited who could get tested.
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