NEW YORK (77 WABC) — With confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. reaching 5 million Sunday, by far the highest of any country, the failure of the most powerful nation in the world to contain the scourge has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe.
Much of the incredulity stems from the fact that America had the benefit of time, European experience and medical know-how to treat the virus. That is something the old continent didn’t have when the first COVID-19 patients started overwhelming its intensive care units. Yet the U.S. is facing a sustained outbreak, more than four months into the crisis.
The data is tallied by Johns Hopkins University.
Five states hold 40% of the infections: California (with the most cases in the country), Florida, Texas, New York (despite a record-low positivity rate) and Georgia, CNN said.
BREAKING: The United States has surpassed 5 million cases of COVID-19—nearly 2 million more cases than any other country—according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. https://t.co/8FNLSNsZjV
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