US coronavirus cases near 1 million

This map tracks spread of coronavirus in real time

US Now Leads the World in Confirmed Coronavirus Infections

UPDATE

According to the global tracking map created by Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering, there are, as of Friday, April 24, there are at least 870,464 confirmed cases in the US, with at least 50,031 deaths and 4,692,797 tested.

Original story: The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease and Prevention is currently investigating more than 100 suspected cases of the coronavirus in 26 states.

There have been only five confirmed cases in the United States, however, despite the illness infecting about 2,000 people and killing at least 56 worldwide, according to officials.

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The outbreak started late last month in the city of Wuhan in central China, apparently at a food market, the Associated Press reported.

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"We understand people may worry about the new coronavirus," Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, said Monday. "In today's connected world, an outbreak anywhere can be a risk everywhere. Risk is dependent on exposure."

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If you’re worried about exposure to the virus, or you’re planning a trip overseas, Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering has created a map that might help calm any fears.

The map tracks the spread of the coronavirus worldwide in real time, so you'll know there is a confirmed case in Limoges, France, before you board your flight.

You can access the map here.

"We built this dashboard because we think it is important for the public to have an understanding of the outbreak situation as it unfolds with transparent data sources," said Lauren Gardner, a civil engineering professor and CSSE's co-director. "For the research community, this data will become more valuable as we continue to collect it over time."

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