The United States overtook Italy and China on Thursday and has become the country in the world with the most reported cases of infection with the new coronavirus. They counted already Friday nearly 15,000 more cases than Italy and 20,000 more than China.
The death toll, however, remains lower in the United States than in these two countries, with a total of 1,544 coronavirus-related deaths.
The death rate from the disease in the United States, based on the number of cases reported, is 1.5%. It is 10.5% in Italy.
“We have done more testing than any other country in the world and our capacity continues to grow,” President Donald Trump said Friday during a press conference from the White House.
The epicenter of the epidemic in the United States is located in New York, the state having recorded more than 500 deaths and almost half of all American cases, and where hospitals are overflowing.
“We are witnessing an increasing number of cases, hospitalizations, admissions to intensive care units, patients requiring artificial respirators,” Thomas Tsai, professor of public health at Harvard, told AFP. “And unfortunately, the death rate will follow this trend. It’s just that it will take several days or weeks. “