WASHINGTON, March 23 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday that 313,000 coronavirus tests have been completed in the United States, and more than 41,000 tests were positive.
During a White House press briefing, Pence said all state and hospital labs are now required to report their coronavirus test numbers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will distribute 8 million N95 masks, and that personal protective equipment for medical professionals is being shipped to "hotspots" around the country.
According to Trump, 73 pallets of personal protective equipment will be shipped to New York, and 36 pallets will be sent to Washington state -- two areas hit hard by COVID-19.
Trump said he had signed an executive order to prohibit hoarding of medical equipment and supplies used for treating and preventing coronavirus.
State health officials reported more than 100 coronavirus-related deaths in a single day for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak, according to CNN Health's Tally.
This brings to the total deaths nationwide in the United States to 520, with the state of New York having the most deaths in a single state with 157.