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US exceeds China with most Covid-19 cases worldwide

By IANS Updated: Mar 27, 2020 7:52 am
In this photo taken Tuesday, March 24, 2020, one of a pair of massive temporary buildings meant for use as a field hospital for coronavirus patients stands on a soccer field in the Seattle suburb of Shoreline, Wash. With U.S. hospital capacity stretched thin, hospitals around the country are scrambling to find space for a coming flood of COVID-19 patients, opening older closed hospitals and repurposing other buildings. AP/PTI Photo

New York, March 27 (IANS): The US has reported 82,404 confirmed Covid-19 cases as of 6 p.m., US Eastern Time on Thursday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. The country has surpassed China to become the nation with most Covid-19 cases in the world, according to the CSSE.

The nationwide tally grew over 10,000 cases in less than five hours. The state of New York has become the epicentre of the country’s outbreak with 37,802 cases reported. New Jersey and California have reported 6,876 and 3,802 cases, respectively, Xinhua reported citing the CSSE.

Total Covid-19-linked deaths in the US reached 1,178, while 281 of them occurred in New York City and 100 in Kings County of Washington state.

The Johns Hopkins University data showed that China (including the mainland and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions) reported 82,034 cases as of 6 p.m. Thursday U.S. Eastern Time.

China’s National Health Commission reported 81,285 confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland by the end of Wednesday Beijing Time. Meanwhile, 410 confirmed cases had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), 30 confirmed cases in the Macao SAR, and 235 in Taiwan.

Confirmed Covid-19 cases worldwide reached 526,044 with 23,709 deaths, according to the CSSE.

By IANS Updated: Mar 27, 2020 7:52:44 am