WASHINGTON

The total number of coronavirus infections in the U.S. is rapidly approaching 70,000 as the country struggles to rein in the outbreak, according to a running tally being compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

In all, the school the state of Maryland has counted 69,210 confirmed cases, as well as 1,046 deaths. Nearly a fifth of confirmed fatalities, 192, have been registered in New York City, which has a daunting 17,856 infections.

The next highest death toll, 94, comes from King County in Washington state where the virus spread quickly in a nursing home for the elderly outside Seattle before

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