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United States COVID-19 cases reached more than 181,000 and overtakes China in death toll

The number of coronavirus deaths in the United States surpassed China's reported death toll, according to Johns Hopkins University. Over 3,400 people have died in the United States. About 3,300 have died in China, where the outbreak originated.

That means the US now has the third highest death toll after Italy and Spain, and the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world with more than 181,000

Americans have seen their country hurtle into a war-like response that few could have envisioned: Hospital tents in Central Park and Navy hospital ships docked in New York and Los Angeles.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said there have been 1,550 deaths in his state, the U.S. epicenter of the virus outbreak that has now seen over 75,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Cuomo said the virus is more powerful and more dangerous than we expected. 

"We're still going up the mountain," he said. "The main battle is on the top of the mountain," said by the Governor to CBS News.

Further restrictions on movement are being considered in the US to curb the spread of the virus, with the country now reporting twice the number of cases as China where the outbreak began late last year.

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