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US death toll from the virus eclipses China's official count

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has climbed past 3,500, eclipsing China's official count.

Posted: Mar 31, 2020 11:49 AM
Updated: Mar 31, 2020 11:51 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has climbed past 3,500, eclipsing China's official count.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported Tuesday that deaths in New York state had risen more than 300 from the day before, reaching about 1,550, mostly in New York City. That puts the U.S. ahead of China's official death toll of about 3,300. Cuomo's brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, has disclosed that he has become infected with the virus.

Elsewhere around the world, hard-hit Italy reported that the infection rate appears to be leveling off and new cases could start declining, but that the crisis is far from over. Spain struggled to fend off the collapse of its hospital system. Vladimir Putin’s Russia moved to crack down on quarantine violations and “fake news” about the outbreak. And China edged closer to normal as stores in the epicenter city of Wuhan began reopening.

Worldwide, more than 800,000 people have been infected and over 40,000 have died, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. 

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