The United States has now surpassed both China and Italy in confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), making it the country with the most cases of the contagious respiratory virus in the world.
According to data from The New York Times, the U.S. has 81,578 confirmed cases, with 1,180 deaths due to coronavirus-related illness, as of Thursday afternoon.
Meanwhile, China has 81,285 confirmed cases, while Italy has 80,539, according to the Times. However, Italy leads the world in deaths from the virus with 8,165.
The majority of the cases in the U.S. are in New York, which has 37,258 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 387 deaths.
New York City hospitals are struggling to manage the high volume of cases and are in desperate need for medical supplies like masks and ventilators.
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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.
Wednesday was the deadliest day in terms of coronavirus fatalities in the U.S. with a total of 223 deaths on that day alone, compared to 164 on Tuesday, according to CNN.
Since the first case of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, in December, the deadly virus has quickly spread worldwide, prompting the World Health Organization to declare a public health emergency, and later, a global pandemic.
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