At least 1M infected with coronavirus in the US

Experts urged doctors to preserve data and medical specimens for scientists to figure out a precise number of deaths as the CDC warned deaths in the U.S. are likely to continue to rise.
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cases -- on the latest on covid, the number of confirmed cases has topped a million in the U.S. More than 115,000 Americans have recovered as well from the virus and more states are starting to re-open right now. Ten have lifted at least some of their restrictions. We begin with the hard hit state of New York, George, with our chief national affairs correspondent Tom llamas tracking all the very latest for us. Good morning, Tom. Reporter: Robin, good morning to you. Testing sites like this urgent care center just behind me have been busy as more tests become available. This as mayor de Blasio says he's reached his limit when it comes to people breaking social distancing rules and now says the NYPD will start arresting people. This morning, milestones in the war on covid that show its vicious nature. At least 1 million infected in the U.S. And nearly 60,000 dead and now ABC news learning the death toll could be much higher, possibly even double. Experts urging doctors and officials to preserve data and medical specimens so scientists can figure out the precise number of deaths. It's really important to try to get these numbers right so that the public can understand sort of why we're sort of making these major sacrifices in terms of the economy and major societal changes. Reporter: The CDC warning deaths in the United States are likely to continue to rise, but say it could slow substantially with social distancing. In the virus epicenter in new York crowds ignoring that mandate packing public parks to watch the thunderbirds and blue angels fly over and in Brooklyn thousands of orthodox Jews crowding the streets for a funeral service. Police were called to break up the dense crowds. The mayor outraged tweeting, the time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups. Public health experts say the key to re-opening is testing for the virus and antibodies. Patients lining up at urgent care centers for those tests across New York City. So you're hoping you do have the antibodys? I am hoping I do have the antibodies. My body recovered from it and I do have a sense of some sort of immunity. Reporter: In Philadelphia efforts under way to expand testing in underserved African-American communities. Hi, how are you? Aim Dr. Dupre. Can I see your form? Reporter: 200 cars of people packing this church parking lot. Some walked. Dr. Ada Stanford administering a nasal swab test. One, two, three, four, five. Reporter: The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says testing in the U.S. Isn't perfect but he believes we are heading in the right direction. If that doesn't happen, I'm going to go to them and say, what happened here? Why didn't it happen and how can we fix it? Reporter: But still he's worried that without a treatment, the U.S. Could be in for a bad fall. All right, we have been updating you about the plans for colleges and universities come this fall and the university of Arizona now saying they think they can safely have students back on campus in the fall. The president there saying he thinks they have 60,000 plus tests for their faculty, staff and students, how are they able to do this? They developed the test themselves. That is huge, we're talking covid-19 tests along with antibody tests. Michael, if that holds true that is an incredible achievement. Incredible, indeed, taking it into their own hands. Thank you so much for that.

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