DENVER, CO–(Marketwired – Jan 13, 2019) – An outbreak of coronaviruses has hit the United States, with more than 300,000 cases and more than 20,000 deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.
The agency is warning people to be extra cautious and keep their doors locked during this time of heightened concern.
In the first seven days of January, there have been 5,095 confirmed cases of coronovirus, and 2,957 deaths, according to the CDC.
There were 1,053 new cases in the first week of January and 623 deaths, with the death toll climbing to 6,848, the agency said in a statement.
The number of deaths has climbed to 7,847 in the last three days of February, according the CDC, a trend that the agency expects to continue.
The new virus strains have been circulating in some parts of the world, including in India, China and South Korea.
The number of coronivirus infections in the U.S. is up about 3.6% from last year, according CDC data.
About 22,000 people have been diagnosed with coronaviral infections, the CDC said.
More to come.