The coronavirus death toll has passed 10,000 in the United States, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker, a grim new milestone as officials fight to contain the pandemic

The speed of the U.S. death count from COVID-19 is increasing. Within the course of a week, fatalities went from 500 a day to reaching more than 1,000 per day. 

The United States now has by far the most known cases of any country in the world, and is among the highest for number of deaths, along with Italy and Spain, which have both been hit hard by the virus as well. 

China, where the virus originated, officially has more than 82,000 cases and 3,300 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins tracker, but the accuracy of its numbers has faced persistent doubts. 

As of Friday afternoon, there were approximately 347,000 cases in the United States.

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