U.S. coronavirus cases topped 30,000 on Sunday, though zero deaths were reported over a 24-hour time period that ended early in the morning when Florida reported its first fatality.
A situation report published March 21 by the World Health Organization said no new deaths were reported within a 24-hour period in the U.S., which currently has 31,289 confirmed cases, including 15,168 in New York state. So far, at least 400 people have died in America.
Globally, more than 325,000 people have contracted the virus and at least 14,380 have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
As the pandemic grows and more residents are urged to stay at home – seven states have "stay home" orders – officials are making a tough choice to test only high-risk patients and those who present with severe symptoms.
More than 195,000 people have been tested in the U.S., Vice President Mike Pence told reporters Saturday, and testing could be easier to access as the Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of the first rapid diagnostic test that could detect the disease in approximately 45 minutes.
The tests will start shipping this week.
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