The number of reported cases of covid-19 continues to rise in the United States, where testing was slow to begin. The disease, caused by a new coronavirus, has been confirmed in nearly every state. [Sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter to track the outbreak. All stories linked within the newsletter are free to access.] The World Health Organization declared covid-19 a pandemic on March 11. “We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity — and by the alarming levels of inaction,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Worldwide, well over 150,000 cases of the disease, which can cause pneumonia-like symptoms, have been recorded since the outbreak started in late 2019, and several thousand people have died. The virus has been detected on every continent except Antarctica and in more than 100 countries, with concentrations of thousands of cases in some areas. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a “public health emergency.” [What you need to know about coronavirus] The Trump administration has imposed restrictions on travelers from countries including China, Iran, and most European countries and is cautioning against travel to other places. China has reported the most cases worldwide, with a


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