U.S. Now Leads the World in Confirmed Coronavirus Cases

U.S. Now Leads the World in Confirmed Coronavirus Cases

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NYTimes,

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.


And
it is a sprawling, cacophonous democracy, where states set their own
policies and President Trump has sent mixed messages about the scale
of the danger and how to fight it, ensuring there was no coherent,
unified response to a grave public health threat.

A
series of missteps and lost opportunities dogged the nation’s
response.

Among
them: a failure to take the pandemic seriously even as it engulfed
China, a deeply flawed effort to provide broad testing for the virus
that left the country blind to the extent of the crisis, and a dire
shortage of masks and protective gear to protect doctors and nurses
on the front lines, as well as ventilators to keep the critically ill
alive.

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