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
Data correct at 13.25 UTC 27 March
Confirmed cases of Covid-19 for selected countries
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
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
In Europe most countries have closed schools, and many are in lockdown.
How the virus spread around the world
Daily cases 555 | Total cases 555
New cases in Thailand, Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan and US
Daily cases 684 | Total cases 2,118
New cases in Australia and Canada
Daily cases 1,693 | Total cases 9,927
New cases in Italy, Sweden, Russia and United Kingdom
Daily cases 503 | Total cases 75,639
New cases in Iran
Daily cases 982 | Total cases 81,395
New cases in Pakistan, Brazil, Georgia, Greece, North Macedonia, Norway and Romania
Daily cases 2,534 | Total cases 92,840
New cases in Argentina, Chile, Jordan and Ukraine
Daily cases 3,766 | Total cases 113,561
New cases in Albania, Cyprus and Brunei
Daily cases 16,850 | Total cases 145,193
New cases in Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, Sudan, Guinea, Kenya and Antigua and Barb.
Daily cases 31,431 | Total cases 335,955
New cases in Dominica, Grenada, Mozambique and Syria