The announcement came today that the number of global coronavirus cases tipped over 1 million. According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, of those cases, over 51,000 deaths have been reported worldwide due to the virus.
The U.S. has officially reported the most number of confirmed cases, although U.S. officials have raised questions about the figures being reported by Chinese authorities.
The Johns Hopkins database reports that the U.S. has more than 234,000 cases and 5,600 deaths. Italy and Spain follow with more than 115,000 and 110,000 cases, respectively, and over 24,000 deaths between them.
China, where the virus originated, reported more than 82,000 cases and 3,300 deaths from the virus. U.S. intelligence agencies believe that Beijing has underreported both the number of cases and confirmed deaths.
U.S. health officials anticipate that the number of cases domestically and worldwide will continue to rise.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday that he projects the U.S. will have “millions of cases.” The White House has estimated that between 100,000 and 240,000 people in the U.S. could die from COVID-19.
Measures have been taken to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The majority of states across the U.S. have put in place stay-at-home orders. The White House’s guidelines of social distancing has been extended and will remain in place through the end of April.
It has been reported that Detroit and New Orleans are examples of metropolitan areas where the virus is worsening.