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U.S. coronavirus deaths surpass 95,000

Published : 22 May 2020, 21:52

  DF-Xinhua Report

A man walks past an electronic screen showing COVID-19 prevention guidance in Brooklyn of New York, the United States, on May 11, 2020. File Photo Xinhua.

The number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States topped 95,000 on Friday, reaching 95,276 as of 12:32 p.m. (1632 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

A total of 1,588,322 cases have been reported in the country, according to the CSSE.

Hardest-hit New York state reported 28,743 fatalities among 358,154 cases. New Jersey reported 10,985 deaths, Massachusetts reported 6,148 deaths and Michigan reported 5,129 deaths, the CSSE data showed.

All 50 U.S. states have started the process of reopening as President Donald Trump has pushed for, while public health experts have warned that premature moves would lead to more deaths.

Trump said on Thursday that the United States would not close if a second wave of COVID-19 comes.

"People say that's a very distinct possibility ... We're not going to close the country. We're going to put out the fires," Trump told reporters during a Ford manufacturing plant tour in the state of Michigan.