The United States overtook Italy as the global coronavirus hotspot with 75,6000 diagnoses and more than 1,000 deaths.
America saw thousands of new cases confirmed Thursday as it paced past Italy, which has 74,000 infected and a death toll of 7,503. While China still has the most coronavirus diagnoses – 81,285 – it claims to have contained its pandemic, with new diagnoses numbers slumping in recent days.
However, Italy leapfrogged ahead of the US in total cases on Thursday afternoon with more than 6,000 new diagnoses overnight, bringing the total to over 80,000, and 662 new deaths, bringing the total number of people killed there to at least 8,100.
Italy appears to be at the peak of its outbreak, with falling infection numbers, and a steady daily death rate, with the United States likely to outstrip it for good sometime in the coming days.
New York has quickly become the epicenter for Covid-19, the disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus, with more than 33,000 cases and 385 deaths as of Thursday, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The state saw an increase of 6,400 cases over the last day, Cuomo said, adding that 100 new deaths came overnight. There were 18,000 tests conducted over a 24-hour period in New York, the state reportedly testing more people per capita than anywhere else on Earth.