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Confirmed coronavirus deaths in US hit 2,000, doubling in two days

 

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S. passed 2,000 Saturday, reflecting a death toll that has doubled in the span of two days.

On Thursday, the death toll in the U.S. reached 1,000, though it took nearly a month for the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the country to reach that high. This means that another 1,000 people died in a two-day reporting period in the country.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. now stands at more than 120,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 

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Though the U.S. has more confirmed cases of the virus than any other country, Italy has the most reported deaths from the virus at more than 10,000. China, where the virus originated, has more than 80,000 reported cases and more than 3,000 reported deaths from the virus.

On Saturday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) said an infant who tested positive for the virus had died — the first known coronavirus-related death of an infant in the U.S.

The news comes the day after President TrumpDonald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' MORE signed a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill to stem the economic fallout of the virus and as hospitals around the country report having a lack of protective equipment and resources.

On Saturday, Trump said that he is considering imposing travel restrictions on the New York City metro area, where nearly half of all cases in the U.S. exist.