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Coronavirus cases hit 1M in the US

The United States has hit the 1M mark in number of coronavirus cases according to the John Hopkins University and Medicine coronavirus research centre.

That’s about one-third of all reported cases of the disease in the world. 

As of 11:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday, there have been 57,266 deaths from 1,002,498 confirmed cases in the US. Around 5.6 million people have been tested across the nation.

The US federal government has extended its social distancing guidelines to April 30. Major events have been called off or postponed, and many employees are being told to work from home, while others have been laid off. 

President Donald Trump on Thursday invoked the Defense Production Act to ensure that manufacturers such as General Electric, Hill-Rom, ResMed and Royal Philips can “secure the supplies they need to build ventilators needed to defeat the virus.”

Meanwhile, companies like Apple have donated millions of face masks to medical workers to help curb a shortage, while Boeing has said it’ll make thousands of plastic face shields each week and provide planes to carry supplies, according to Trump.

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To protect against the spread of COVID-19, people are encouraged to practice social distancing and to thoroughly wash their hands. 

On Monday, the CDC added six more coronavirus symptoms to its list to help you decide whether to get a test. The CDC says you may have contracted the coronavirus if you have either a cough or shortness of breath. You might also have COVID-19 if you’re suffering from two or more of the following:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

The number of COVID-19 deaths reported daily in the U.S. is still relatively variable, but since reaching a record of 2,683 COVID-19 deaths on April 21, no day has reached that number so far.

According to the Worldometer. Since then, the number of deaths each day has held between 1,157 and 2,358.

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