Really, how did the U.S. overtake China is COVID-19 cases except by deliberate acts of bioterrorism?!

US Overtakes China As The Country With The Most COVID-19 Cases: Live Updates


  • Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre closed
  • New York City hospitals report “apocalyptic” surge in cases
  • US overtakes China as country with the most COVID-19 cases with 81,321 cases
  • Elmhurst Hospital in Queens is overwhelmed with new cases
  • More than 500k volunteers sign up to help the NHS in Britain
  • 500k COVID-19 cases diagnosed
  • Italy reports largest batch of new cases in 5 days
  • Abbott Labs submitted application to FDA for point-of-care test
  • New Orleans hosts major outbreak
  • NJ reports another 2k+ cases, 19 deaths
  • Inmate in Washington DC tests positive
  • NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell tests positive
  • India passes $22.6 billion bailout package
  • Tokyo reports 40 cases for 2nd day in a row
  • A record 3.3 million Americans file for unemployment
  • China bans entry of foreigners
  • 157 more deaths reported in Iran
  • Putin shuts down Moscow, delays vote on constitutional measures
  • Wednesday was deadliest yet in US
  • President Xi calls on nations to improve policy coordination to avoid a recession
  • Mnuchin says he speaks with Powell up to ’30 times a day’

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Update (1835ET): Dr. Birx said Thursday that 86% of tests run in the US so far have been negative, a lower rate than experts had expected. She also listed off a handful of “particularly concerning” counties, like Illinois’ Cook County and Michigan’s Wayne County.

Additionally, Dr. Birx played down some of the more dire predictions, including an Imperial College study that has circulated widely over the last week or so which called for 500k deaths in the UK. Dr. Birx noted that this number has “already been revised down to 20k”.

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Update (1810ET): VP Pence said during Thursday’s press conference that Abbott Labs has applied for a point-of-care test that can be done in a doctor’s office, with results in 15 minutes.

Pence also advised any travelers from New York to “check their health” and “self-isolate” if they’ve traveled elsewhere.

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Update (1800ET): Cuomo praised more New York businesses – in this case, hotels – stepping up to house medical workers or the sick.

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Update (1740ET): In a testament both to the US’s ability to ramp up testing, and the sheer penetration of the novel coronavirus within the US population, the number of confirmed cases in the US has surpassed China to become the largest outbreak in the world.

According to the NYT, at least 81,321 people have been diagnosed in the US, including more than 1,000 deaths, more cases than China and Italy and any other country. As the Times notes, the US is suffering from a shortage of personal protective equipment and ventilators.

As President Trump said during Thursday evening’s press conference, the fact that the US has overtaken China is “a tribute to the amount of testing we’re doing – we’re doing a lot of testing,” Trump said.

He also (again, correctly) pointed out that “you don’t really know” the total scope of the crisis in China, where tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of cases are believed to have gone unreported.

Trump is set to speak with President Xi Thursday night via phone.

Watch the task force’s nightly presser:

Here’s a breakdown of cases by state:

Statistic: Total number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States as of March 26, 2020, by state | Statista
Find more statistics at Statista

Statistic: Number of deaths from coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States as of March 26, 2020, by state | Statista
Find more statistics at Statista

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