(CNB News) – The deadly coronavirus has now hit all 50 states in the US as West Virginia reported its first case of the infection on Tuesday.
West Virginia became the 50th state to report a case of the deadly novel coronavirus when Gov. Jim Justice announced the first positive test result Tuesday, said: “We knew this was coming.”
Death toll surpasses 100
The confirmation of the West Virginia case came as the death toll across the US passed the 100 mark on Tuesday after Washington state reported six new fatalities, bringing the country’s total to 103.
Washington has experienced the most deaths, with 54. Thirty of those deaths were connected with a nursing home in a Seattle suburb.
New York on Tuesday reported more confirmed cases than Washington state for the first time. New York has topped 1,300 cases, while Washington was just over 1,000.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, and the vast majority recover in several weeks. But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause severe illness, including pneumonia.
Worldwide, the coronavirus has infected more than 184,000, according to the World Health Organization. More than 7,500 people have died as a result of the virus.
More than 80,000 have recovered from the virus, according to John Hopkins University.
How is President Trump responding?
President Donald Trump – who is seeking re-election in November – told a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon that travel restrictions within the US were on the table.
“You can do a national lockdown,” Mr Trump said. “Hopefully, we’re not going to need that. It’s a very big step.
He also defended his tweet on Monday calling the infection the “Chinese virus”, which his critics said was racist.
“It did come from China,” he told reporters.
Mr Trump also said on Tuesday of the outbreak: “I’ve felt that it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”
Last month he struck a more optimistic tone, saying the US coronavirus outbreak “within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero”.