The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the United States topped one million on Tuesday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
The pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 57,000 people in the US, which leads the world in the number of confirmed infections with 1,002,498, according to the Baltimore-based school’s latest count.
US tops one million coronavirus cases: Johns Hopkins
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The US has been the hardest-hit country so far by the coronavirus. The most number of deaths from the virus occurred in New York, where the place for burial is becoming limited.
US-China clash over the virus
US and China have been consistently blaming each other for the coronavirus outbreak. The US is of the view that the virus first emerged in China and therefore, it is solely responsible for all this mess. The Wuhan Institute of Virology is the main focus of accusations by the US.
China condemns all these accusations and says that the US wants to divert attention from its own failures in the fight against coronavirus.
At the start, China also accused the US by saying that the US military is responsible for the virus outbreak in Chian. Sometime prior to the outbreak, the US military went to China for combined military drills. That was the event towards which China was pointing out.
The latest numbers come as the COVID-19 epidemic appears to be easing in hotspots like New York while other states move to reopen their economies — even though case and death rates continue to rise in some places.
New York remains the hardest hit US state with 22, 668 deaths — and over 17,500 in New York City alone.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said 335 people had died in the state over the previous 24-hour period, a decline but still staggering.
“This number is basically reducing but not at a tremendous rate and the only thing tremendous is the number of New Yorkers who still pass away,” he said.
AFP with additional input from GVS News Desk.