March 11, 2020 / 4:16 PM / in 25 days

U.S. CDC reports 987 coronavirus cases, death tally of 29

FILE PHOTO: The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 29, 2020. Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/Handout via REUTERS

(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday reported 987 cases of the coronavirus, an increase of 291 from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 4 to 29.

The agency said these cases have been reported by 38 states and the District of Columbia, up from its previous report of 35 states and the District of Columbia.

The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by the coronavirus, as of 4 pm ET on March 10.

The tally includes 49 cases among people repatriated from Japan and Wuhan, China, where the outbreak began.

The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.

Reporting by Vishwadha Chander in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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