United States now leads world in confirmed coronavirus cases

Paola Ditto
Marzo 27, 2020

The United States now has the most number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the world, The New York Times reported on Thursday (March 26), citing a tally based on its own data gathering.

The global death toll from the pandemic is now more than 21,000.

While Johns Hopkins says a total of 619 across the country are confirmed to have recovered from the disease, that number is likely much, much higher, given that many people who contract the virus only experience mild symptoms and are never tested for the disease.

Australians must stay at least 1.5 metres away from other people. "I don't know how I will manage". The U.S. had more than 1,100 deaths, about 400 of them in New York State, the worst hotspot in the nation.

In the U.S., confirmed cases hit 82,404 on Thursday evening, surpassing China's 81,782 and Italy's 80,589.

In France, health authorities reported 365 new deaths from coronavirus on Thursday, taking the total to 1,696.

Companies in Europe are laying off workers at the fastest pace since 2009, according to surveys of business managers. NY is the epicenter of the country's outbreak, with known cases there doubling every three days.

Dann Dykas, 37, of Portland, Oregon, was laid off from his job helping design and set up displays for trade shows. "I can't pretend that I always feel that, though".

In America, the Senate passed a $2 trillion economic rescue package to help small businesses, workers and the country's healthcare industry, which some worry will become overwhelmed by the influx of COVID-19 patients, in addition to those with other ailments.

Elsewhere around the world, South Africa, with the most industrialized economy in Africa, headed into a three-week lockdown starting Friday. The country is already in recession, with an unemployment rate of 29 percent.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that he expects the need for 140,000 hospital beds at the peak of the state's crisis - which is more than double the current capacity, according to NBC New York. With cases continuing to tick up dangerously in NY, the US also reported 1,000 deaths from the coronavirus on Thursday.

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

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