US now leads the world in known coronavirus cases

Source: The Hill | March 26, 2020 | Peter Sullivan

The United States now has the most known coronavirus cases of any country in the world, passing Italy and China.

The U.S. had 82,404 cases as of Thursday evening, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, vaulting to the top spot amid ramped up testing.

The milestone is a foreboding distinction for the United States, setting off alarms that the epidemic continues to get worse in the country.

Experts have raised warnings that the U.S. trajectory is continuing to climb. The U.S. had more than 14,000 new cases on Wednesday, according to a New York Times tracker, and the number of new cases announced each day continues to climb.

Jeremy Konyndyk, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, wrote on Twitter that the U.S. case trajectories are “alarming.”

He added that the distribution of cases around the U.S. is also concerning, in contrast to China, which imposed a stringent crackdown to keep cases largely confined to Hubei province, where the outbreak began.

“China had a bonfire in Hubei but was stamping out sparks everywhere else,” he wrote. “We’ve now got a bonfire in NYC and campfires almost everywhere else – and all still shooting out sparks.”

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