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US has over 50,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases: Johns Hopkins University

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 50,000 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

The fresh figure reached 50,206 with 606 deaths, the CSSE said.

The state of New York has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, with 25,665 cases reported.

New Jersey and California have reported 2,844 and 2,267 cases respectively, according to the center.

To curb the spread of the disease, Washington D.C. ordered the closure of all nonessential businesses on Tuesday, joining the growing list of states and cities including the states of California, New York, Washington and Illinois to tighten restrictions on public gatherings.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wanted the United States to be “opened up” by Easter, which falls on April 12 this year, despite warnings that doing so risks failing to contain the escalating spread of the coronavirus.

However, officials at the state level have been stressing the urgent need to focus on the public health crisis, rather than thinking about resuming economic activities prematurely.

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