Trump reacts to US coronavirus deaths topping 100,000

Nearly 1.7 million cases have been confirmed across the country.

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Over 100,000 people have died of the coronavirus in the US.

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The US reached a bleak milestone on Wednesday: 100,000 people have died of the novel coronavirus, according to tracking numbers from the John Hopkins University and Medicine Coronavirus Research Center. There are now almost 1.7 million confirmed cases in the US, and 15 million people have been tested across the nation. 

President Donald Trump reacted to Wednesday's news in a tweet early Thursday.

"We have just reached a very sad milestone with the coronavirus pandemic deaths reaching 100,000," he tweeted. "To all of the families & friends of those who have passed, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy & love for everything that these great people stood for & represent. God be with you!"

The novel strain of coronavirus, which can develop into a respiratory illness known as COVID-19, was discovered in Wuhan, China, late last year and has spread worldwide. As of Thursday, more than 5.7 million people have tested positive and more than 356,000 people have died worldwide.

The US has seen the highest number of cases and deaths, with Brazil having the second highest number of confirmed cases (more than 411,000) and the UK recording the second highest number of deaths (more than 37,500).

If you're concerned that you might have contracted the coronavirus, the CDC has listed symptoms to help you decide whether to get a test. You may have it if you're suffering from coughing or shortness of breath. You could also be infected if you have two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Here's how to find a coronavirus testing site near you and how the disease can affect children.

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