There are now at least 75,178 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, as testing becomes more readily available
At least 1,069 people in the U.S. have died from coronavirus-related illness
The U.S. now has the third-most cases worldwide, behind only China and Italy
Worldwide, there are now 511,603 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 23,067 deaths
Italy officially surpassed China in number of deaths related to the virus on March 19, and as of Thursday, 8,215 people in the European country have died
The first cases of a mysterious respiratory illness — what is now known as COVID-2019, a form of coronavirus — began in Wuhan, China in late December. Since then, the virus has spread worldwide, leading the World Health Organization to declare a public health emergency, the first since the zika epidemic in 2016.
At first, this coronavirus was contained to China, but Wuhan is a major transportation hub with hundreds of flights leaving and landing from the city of 11 million each day. Soon, as people flew from the area to different countries, the coronavirus reached more countries, including the United States.
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As of the afternoon of March 26, there have been at least 75,178 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., and 1,069 deaths.
The first case was found in Everett, Washington, just outside of Seattle, in a man who had recently returned from Wuhan. The number of cases grew slowly from there, with a total of just 14 over the course of about a month, but as February came to an end, the virus began to spread more rapidly in communities across the U.S.
On Feb. 26, California health officials announced the first case of community spread — meaning someone had …read more