COVID-19 cases surpassed 5,000 in the United States was confirmed today. Since last Tuesday it has grown from around 1,000 cases to 5,145 confirmed today.
That is a growth of 5 times in just a week and causing states to ramp up testing as the virus sweeps across the country.
As of noon today, the coronavirus has taken 91 U.S. lives, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The University also said the number of cases changes by the minute as test results roll in and countries and U.S. states expand their testing capacity.
U.S. officials confirmed the virus had infected more than 1,000 people in the U.S. a week ago. Due to restraints on U.S. testing capacity and nationwide screening for the virus, state and local officials have acknowledged that the true number of cases in the country is likely much higher.
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