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Daily coronavirus death toll in U.S. exceeds 500 for first time

Samaritan's Purse, a Christian aid group, set up a 68-bed field hospital in New York's Central Park to care for coronavirus patients. (Video: Skyler Reid/The Washington Post)
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Monday was the first day that the number of U.S. deaths due to the coronavirus grew by more than 500, according to data compiled by The Washington Post. Almost half of the deaths were reported in New York. The previous national high was 446 on Saturday.

With the coronavirus death toll soaring in the United States and health experts warning that “no state, no metro area will be spared” by the outbreak, President Trump steeled the nation for an extended shutdown.

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