The number of deaths in the United States from coronavirus has surpassed those reported by China, where the pandemic began in December, according to a toll published on Tuesday by Johns Hopkins University.
Monday was the deadliest day in the U.S. so far for the virus, with more than 570 fatalities reported, though it’s possible Tuesday could exceed that number.
Health officials urged Americans to follow stay-at-home orders and other measures to contain the spread of the virus, which originated in China in December.
Italy has suffered the most virus deaths — 12,428 — according to Johns Hopkins, followed by Spain with 8,269 and then the United States.
Globally, there are now over 800,000 cases of the highly contagious illness caused by the virus and more than 39,000 deaths reported.