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Over 160,000 COVID-19 cases recorded in United States

Over 160,000 COVID-19 cases recorded in United States

WASHINGTON: There are more than 160,000 cases of coronavirus in the United States has, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE).

Officials are attempting to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. as hospitals brace for unprecedented patient surges.

As of 5:38 am, UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, there have been 163,807 confirmed cases in the United States, with 3,008 deaths, an interactive map maintained by the CSSE showed.

Meanwhile, a New Jersey Army National Guardsman that tested positive for COVID-19 passed away Saturday, according to the Pentagon.

Army Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok, a physician assistant, had been hospitalized since March 21.

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Siding with public health experts’ dire projections, President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to extend restrictive social distancing guidelines through the end of April while bracing the nation for a coronavirus death toll that could exceed 100,000 people.

In the country, New York State has been hit the hardest by the disease, which has reported more than 66,000 cases and 1,218 deaths.

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