U.S. Now #1 in Coronavirus Cases as Death toll tops 1,000

The United States is now the epicenter of COVID-19.

The United States is now the country with the most cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday night.

What We Know:

  • In the United States, at least 81,321 people are known to have been infected with coronavirus. This surpasses China and Italy. China has 81,000 cases and Italy has 80,000.
  • The United States has over 330 million residents, which makes it the world’s third most populous nation.
  • On top of the 81,321 cases, the U.S. has more than 1,000 deaths currently. Italy is still leading in deaths with more than 8000.
  • “This could have been stopped by implementing testing and surveillance much earlier — for example, when the first imported cases were identified,” said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University in New York.

The state of New York has the largest total of cases out of the 50 states with a total of 23,000 cases.

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