US Tops World in Number of Coronavirus Cases

Cheryl Sanders
March 27, 2020

The United States now has more coronavirus cases than any other country with close to 85,500 infections, according to Johns Hopkins University, pushing the total numbers worldwide to more than 531,000, with at least 24,000 deaths as of early Friday.

As first reported by the New York Times, which has been keeping a running tally, more than 80,000 people in the United States have tested positive for the virus, eclipsing the number of diagnoses in hard-hit China and Italy.

The U.S. confirmed-case death rate is just 1.4%, while the other most-infected countries are far less effective in keeping its infected citizens alive.

Also, the US death total of 1,177 is the sixth-highest in the world, suggesting the USA healthcare system is helping keep Americans alive at a higher rate than European countries. China had 81,782 total infections, according to Johns Hopkins data.

Iran has reported 2,389 more cases of Covid-19 infection, as the total number reached 29,406. Cases of coronavirus have been reported in over 195 countries.

NY is the center of the pandemic in the USA, with its 37,802 infections accounting for almost half of all cases in the country and tens of thousands more than any other state.

Overtaking the toll of China and Italy, the USA now has over 85,000 cases.

In all, the school the state of Maryland has counted 69,210 confirmed cases, as well as 1,046 deaths. The accelerating rate in NY has spilled over into neighboring New Jersey, which now has the second-highest state total in the U.S.

Hospitals in USA hot spots including NY and Seattle have passed a tipping point, as a relentless surge in cases forces some to move patients to outlying facilities, divert ambulances and store bodies in a refrigerated truck.

Turkey on Thursday reported 16 new deaths from Covid-19, as the death toll reached 75.

To halt the virus' spread, people in many U.S. cities and states are under some form of lockdown order.

China has seen a huge slowdown in new cases as the disease widens its spread across Europe and the US. Italy has closed down most of its industry, and a record-breaking 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in a single week. The next 100,000 happened in just 12 days. "People should remember that when the outbreak happened in China, global students were sending masks and other items".

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