The United States remains the epicenter the coronavirus pandemic, with confirmed cases now more than 300,000 and deaths climbing toward 9,000.

In Europe, another global hot spot, Spain has surpassed Italy for the leading number of cases, with Germany and France not too far behind. Worldwide, there are over 1.2 million cases and nearly 66,000 deaths.

At a White House briefing on Saturday, President Trump warned the coming week will be the toughest yet. "There's going to be a lot of death, unfortunately," he said.

The death toll in the country is already surging, overwhelming not just hospitals but funeral homes too. In places like New York, which accounts for about a third of the nation's cases and has already seen thousands of deaths, funeral directors say they're working at maximum capacity and crematoriums in the state have extended their hours to nearly 'round the clock.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said the main hot spots in the U.S. continue to be New York, Louisiana and Detroit. However, she noted that new hot spots are emerging across the country, in places like Colorado, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

In an effort to keep those places from becoming like New York, Birx urged everyone to continue to take mitigation measures like social distancing and staying at home seriously.

"Now is the time to do everything you can," she said.

There is some hope that a few of the countries hardest hit earlier are starting to emerge from the worst toll of the virus. In Italy, for example, the number of new cases each day appears to be leveling off, in what experts call "flattening the curve." And in China, where thousands of cases a day were reported in February, the number of new cases reported daily is down to one or two and restrictive social distancing measures are slowly being lifted.

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