On Thursday, the United States crossed an unfortunate milestone in the worldwide fight against the novel coronavirus: leading the world in confirmed cases.
By Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m. PT, the U.S. reports 82,404 verified cases of the coronavirus to China’s 81,782 according to a popular COVID-19 tracking tool from Johns Hopkins. Italy, considered the world’s emerging hotspot in recent weeks, dropped to third with 80,589 cases.
As the scientific community alerted in the U.S. for a long time, a lower case count does not always indicate there’s no cause for issue. Prevalent testing is among the most efficient methods of containing an early epidemic, however it can also lead to improved numbers when compared to countries doing less testing. Without complete population-wide testing, case counts only represent the sample of a provided population that’s gone through screening and do not use a total image of the situation on the ground.
With cases continuing to tick up precariously in New York, the U.S. also reported 1,000 deaths from the coronavirus on Thursday.
While the hardest-hit locations of the country are still having a hard time to accommodate a worrying increase of COVID-19 clients, testing is becoming more broadly readily available. Test accessibility increase significantly over the recently after a fumbled reaction from the federal government caused a delay in deploying tests to doctor– a vital consider the surge of coronavirus cases the U.S. is facing today.