In Pictures: Coronavirus sweeps the US
At least 35 US states and the District of Columbia have reported infections of COVID-19. New Jersey reported its first death on Tuesday.
The US is witnessing rising number of coronavirus cases with each passing day, that has concerned health officials and spurred calls within Congress for action to expand testing and avert an economic meltdown.
Almost three-quarters of the US states have confirmed COVID-19, with almost 1,000 cases in the country and at least 31 virus-related deaths reported. Washington state’s Governor has warned of tens of thousands more cases without “real action”, while New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo deployed National Guard troops as a containment measure in a hard-hit New York City suburb.
So far, 24 have died in Washington state, two in Florida, three in California and new deaths reported on Tuesday in New Jersey and South Dakota.
Officials are further clamping down on large public gatherings and increasingly calling for students to take classes online.
The advisories to limit public interaction have caused politicians to cancel or shift campaign rallies, educators to close school districts or tell college students to take classes online, and television shows and sports teams to recognize they may have to go without audiences for a while.