The U.S. Now Leads the World in Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Reply

USA! USA! We’re Number One!

By Donald G. McNeil Jr.

New York Times

A line for coronavirus testing outside of Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens on Wednesday.

Scientists warned that the United States someday would become the country hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. That moment arrived on Thursday.

In the United States, at least 81,321 people are known to have been infected with the coronavirus, including more than 1,000 deaths — more cases than China, Italy or any other country has seen, according to data gathered by The New York Times.

The Times is engaged in a comprehensive effort to track the details of every confirmed case in the United States, collecting information from federal, state and local officials.

With 330 million residents, the United States is the world’s third most populous nation, meaning it provides a vast pool of people who can potentially get Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.

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