Coronavirus Live Updates:
U.S. Now Leads the World in
26 March, 2020
Unemployment data set a bleak record and hospitals struggled with an influx of sick patients and lack of equipment. But the White House coronavirus response coordinator dismissed talk of shortages.
RIGHT NOW The Navy hospital ship U.S.N.S. Comfort is expected to arrive in Manhattan on Monday, three weeks earlier than previously thought. It will bolster the capacity of New York’s hospitals, now straining with patients.
The U.S. now leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases.
Scientists warned that the United States someday would become the country hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. That moment arrived on Thursday.
In the United States, at least 81,321 people are known to have been infected with the coronavirus, including more than 1,000 deaths — more cases than China, Italy or any other country has seen, according to data gathered by The New York Times.
With 330 million residents, the United States is the world’s third most populous nation, meaning it provides a vast pool of people who can potentially get Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.