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124,777 coronavirus cases in U.S.

THE WORLDWIDE count of coronavirus cases has topped 664,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University (Shutterstock).

The worldwide count of confirmed coronavirus cases soared past 660,000 on Saturday, and the United States built on its dubious status as the nation with the most instances of infection.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the count was 664,608 across the globe, a leap from 500,000 two days ago. The U.S. has 124,377 cases, followed by Italy (92,472), China (82,057), Spain (73,235) and Germany (57,695).

Total deaths worldwide are set at 30,486, with nearly a third of those – 10,023 – in Italy. In the U.S., the toll has passed 2,000.

President Donald Trump earlier Saturday suggested a quarantine of New York City and adjoining areas of New Jersey and Connecticut, but later withdrew the idea in favor of  asking the Center for Disease Control to issue a travel advisory instead.

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