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1 million people tested for COVID-19 in US

Xinhua | Updated: 2020-03-31 10:46
File photo: US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar speaks during a news briefing on the administration's response to the coronavirus at the White House in Washington, US, March 15, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump announced Monday that the United States has tested 1 million people in the country for the novel coronavirus.

"Today we reached a historic milestone in our war against the coronavirus. Over 1 million Americans have been tested -- more than any other country by far," Trump told a White House briefing.

Alex Azar, US Secretary of Health and Human Services, said the United States is now testing 100,000 samples a day in their effort to combat the outbreak.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States has topped 160,020 as of Monday evening, with 2,953 deaths, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

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