US coronavirus deaths reach 150, cases now over 10,000

By: AFP      Published: 10:20 PM, 19 Mar, 2020
US coronavirus deaths reach 150, cases now over 10,000
People wait in line to get bags of free food at Garfield Elementary School on March 19, 2020 in Oakland, California. AFP

The United States has 10,755 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus while 154 people have died from the pathogen, a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University showed Thursday.

This makes the US sixth on the overall list behind China, Italy, Iran, Spain and Germany, and ahead of France and South Korea. Globally, there have been 229,390 cases confirmed and 9,325 deaths, the tracker said.

US health authorities have indicated they expect the number of cases to increase steeply in the coming days because of increased levels of testing after initial delays.