WASHINGTON 

The number of people in the U.S. who have died from the novel coronavirus has surpassed the 3,000 mark, according to data released late Monday by Johns Hopkins University. 

The university’s running tally counted 3,008 deaths and 163,429 cases as the U.S. struggles to curb the outbreak.

Earlier in the day, the doctor leading the White House’s novel coronavirus response team said she is expecting as many as 200,000 coronavirus deaths if the U.S. response to the outbreak is ‘almost perfect.’

“If we do things together well, almost perfectly, we could get in the range of 100,000-200,000 fatalities,” Dr.

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