The number of China coronavirus [CCP Virus] cases in the United States surged fivefold in one week, surpassing 5,000 on Tuesday, March 17, prompting states to shut down restaurants, gyms, and schools to try and stop the spread of the virus.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the CCP Virus has killed at least 91 people in the United States as of noon Tuesday.
There are now at least 5,145 confirmed cases. One week ago, U.S. officials confirmed the CCP Virus had infected more than 1,000 people in the country.
The virus has now been reported in every state except for West Virginia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Almost half of the confirmed cases are concentrated in three states: Washington (904 cases), California (557 cases) and New York (967 cases).
Globally, the CCP Virus has infected 189,386 people and killed at least 7,504, according to Johns Hopkins.
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said his administration is “looking to save the maximum number of lives” in their response to the pandemic.
“Everything else is going to come back. A life is never going to come back. Our economy is going to come roaring back,” he said.
The Trump administration is seeking approval from Congress for a roughly $850 billion emergency stimulus package to help ease the economic impact of the CCP Virus, a senior administration official confirmed to The Hill on Tuesday, adding that the proposal is a tax one, not a spending stimulus.