New epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in US

The U.S. is now the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Image: © Anton Petrus via Getty Images)

The coronavirus outbreak reached a somber milestone in the U.S. on Thursday (March 26) — the nation now has more coronavirus cases than any other country in the world.

There are now at least 82,174 cases of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, in the United States, according to worldometer, a website that tracks coronavirus cases. That’s higher than the case count in either Italy (which has  80,589 cases) or China (which has 81,285 cases).

Nearly half of all U.S. coronavirus cases are in New York, which has reported more than 37,700 cases.

Just a few days ago, the World Health Organization warned that the U.S. had the potential to become the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. coronavirus cases have soared in recent weeks — at the beginning of March, the county had reported only about 100 cases total, according to worldometer.

Coronavirus cases in China, where the outbreak began, initially increased rapidly, but leveled off after about Feb. 20

Coronavirus updates

Confirmed cases

537,808

Deaths

24,126

Recovered

122,375

Data correct at 13.25 UTC 27 March

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 for selected countries

Showing the number of cases since the day of the 100th case, using a log scale. Data correct at 23.59 UTC 26 March
Source: Johns Hopkins CSSE Note: The CSSE states that its numbers rely upon publicly available data from multiple sources, which do not always agree

The number of deaths is sadly a more dependable indicator. Looked at by this measure we again see that the disease is hitting Italy and Spain with particular cruelty. But the trajectory in many countries is the same; the UK and US are a couple of weeks behind Italy in the progress of the epidemic.

Confirmed deaths of Covid-19 for selected countries

Showing the number of deaths since the day of the first one, using a log scale. Data correct at 23.59 UTC 26 March
Source: Johns Hopkins CSSE Note: The CSSE states that its numbers rely upon publicly available data from multiple sources, which do not always agree

Meanwhile in Asia, where the disease began, the spread continues, although in China it seems for now to have passed its peak.

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Asia

Data correct at 13.25 UTC 27 March
Guardian graphic. Sources:Johns Hopkins CSSE, WHO, CDC, NHC and Dingxiangyuan

In Europe most countries have closed schools, and many are in lockdown.

How the virus spread around the world

Red dots show new confirmed cases on featured date. Shading indicates a country’s first case

22 January

Daily cases 555 | Total cases 555

New cases in Thailand, Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan and US

26 January

Daily cases 684 | Total cases 2,118

New cases in Australia and Canada

31 January

Daily cases 1,693 | Total cases 9,927

New cases in Italy, Sweden, Russia and United Kingdom

19 February

Daily cases 503 | Total cases 75,639

New cases in Iran

26 February

Daily cases 982 | Total cases 81,395

New cases in Pakistan, Brazil, Georgia, Greece, North Macedonia, Norway and Romania

3 March

Daily cases 2,534 | Total cases 92,840

New cases in Argentina, Chile, Jordan and Ukraine

9 March

Daily cases 3,766 | Total cases 113,561

New cases in Albania, Cyprus and Brunei

 

13 March

Daily cases 16,850 | Total cases 145,193

New cases in Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, Sudan, Guinea, Kenya and Antigua and Barb.

 

22 March

Daily cases 31,431 | Total cases 335,955

New cases in Dominica, Grenada, Mozambique and Syria

 

 

 

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