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Coronavirus cases in the US surpass 1 million, Johns Hopkins University data shows

Medical workers remove a body from a refrigerated truck outside of the Brooklyn Hospital. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams calls for more dignified handling of bodies amid coronavirus crisis. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/TNS)

The total number of coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 1 million Tuesday, while the country’s death toll stood at more than 57,600, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

To date, more than 1 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the nation, and more than 57,600 U.S. fatalities have been reported, the university’s data showed Tuesday afternoon.

New York City remains the community with the highest number of cases and deaths in the country, with more than 162,000 positive coronavirus diagnoses and more than 17,600 fatalities reported, according to Johns Hopkins.

Residents in the Springfield Walmart have been buying toilet paper in such large quantities that the staff find it difficult to restock before they’re taken off the shelf again.
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The hospitalization rate in New York as well as the daily number of people being hospitalized with COVID-19 is going down, the state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, noted during a press conference Tuesday.

“Overall, you see the numbers coming down,” he said. “So, that’s good news.”

Cuomo added that the total lives lost each day due to the virus appears to be decreasing, though “not at a tremendous rate,” the governor said.

Residents in the Springfield Walmart have been buying toilet paper in such large quantities that the staff find it difficult to restock before they’re taken off the shelf again.
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“This is the worst news,” he said.

Massachusetts too has proved to be an epicenter for the disease in the United States, with the third highest number of cases and fourth largest death toll in the country, according to data from Worldometer, an international data-tracking website.

As of Monday, 3,003 residents in the commonwealth had lost their lives after fighting the coronavirus, and a total of 56,462 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed statewide, according the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Like Cuomo, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has also claimed a recent reduction in coronavirus-related hospitalizations. Data from DPH confirmed that the percentage of COVID-19 patients in the state appears to be decreasing.

At Costco in West Springfield residents que to get their groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“We are continuing to see what I would call a plateau in respect to our hospitalization rates,” Baker said at a press conference on Monday.

The U.S. continues to lead the world with the number of cases of the viral respiratory infections and total deaths resulting from it. Italy, Spain and France are all trailing the United States in fatalities.

Worldwide, more than 3 million people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and more than 215,000 patients have died from it. As of Tuesday, more than 918,800 individuals have recovered from the virus, the university’s data shows.

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