US hits 100,000 confirmed cases, 1,500 deaths

The U.S. on Friday became the first country to record 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

As testing expands rapidly across the nation, the U.S. is seeing huge daily spikes in the number of reported cases. There were about 10,000 cases in the country as recently as a week ago, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard.

But the number broke six figures on Friday shortly after 6 p.m. ET, up from 83,300 a day earlier. That number is expected to rise steadily in the coming days and weeks, and health officials say the number of cases is likely higher due to lack of testing.

Since the country’s first reported death on Feb. 29, at least 1,544 have died in the U.S.  Around the globe, more than 26,000 people have died.  

Medical workers load a sick patient into the back of a waiting ambulance for transport to a hospital from the Life Care Center of Kirkland, Washington, during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Cases have been reported in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. New York has by far the most reported cases, followed by New Jersey, California, Washington and Michigan.

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