NEW YORK — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that the number of confirmed cases of the highly contagious coronaviruses coronaviral hepatitis C and influenza A has exceeded 1 million.
The total number of reported cases is 1.2 million, including the first confirmed case of the virus in the U.S. on Wednesday in New York City.
As of Thursday morning, the CDC had identified 1,832 confirmed cases, or 8.5% of the total, of the viruses, according to the agency.
There are 658,000 people in the country with the virus, and about 40,000 new cases were reported in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania on Wednesday, the agency said.
In Pennsylvania, the virus was detected in 12 people on Wednesday.
CDC Director Tom Frieden said the state had reported 1,734 cases, a 5.6% increase over the previous day.
“It is an epidemic, and it is not over yet,” Frieden told reporters.
He said the spread of the coronavivirus has been slowed by the coronae, which are airborne particles that travel through the air and can survive for hours on end.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that people should be wearing masks.
Officials said coronavids are more likely to spread among people who have not had contact with people with the same infection.
More than 1,600 coronavoids have been confirmed in the United States so far, but a significant number of the cases have been in people with previous exposures, the city said.
More than 5,000 Americans have been diagnosed with the disease and more than 3,400 have died.