US CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS CASES TOP 100,000

US CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS CASES TOP 100,000
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GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL PASSES 25,000, WITH ITALY AND SPAIN ANNOUNCING ALMOST 2,000 FATALITIES IN JUST 24 HOURS. THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE UNITED STATES SURPASSED 100,000 ON FRIDAY, WITH MORE THAN 1,500 DEATHS REPORTED, ACCORDING TO JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY.

By Ted Regencia, Farah Najjar & Joseph Stepansky

The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus in the United States surpassed 100,000 on Friday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. 

US Representative Mike Kelly, Republican of Pennsylvania, said on Friday he has tested positive for the coronavirus, the fifth member of Congress to do so.

In a statement, Kelly said he had started experiencing mild flu-like symptoms earlier this week, and his doctor ordered a test that he obtained at a drive-through testing site.

“My test came back positive this afternoon,” he said. “My symptoms remain mild, and I will serve the 16th district from home until I fully recover.”

Italy, meanwhile, announced 919 new deaths from coronavirus, the highest number of fatalities any country has reported in the space of 24 hours since the outbreak began late last year.

The total number of people who have died as a result of COVID-19 in Italy now stands at 9,134, with over 86,000 reported cases. Further dashing hopes that Europe is containing the pandemic, Spain recorded 769 new deaths in a daily, bringing the total number to 4,858.

Worldwide, more than 25,000 people have died from coronavirus, an infection which has affected more than half a million people.

More than 127,000 people globally have recovered from COVID-19.



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