If there is a crown that no one wants to have, it is the crown in "corona-virus" (corona means "crown" in Latin). But as it happened, the US is now the number one country in confirmed cases of the new coronavirus disease, overtaking China and Italy.

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The US is now number one in total coronavirus cases

According to data recorded by Johns Hopkins University, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the US is now 85,840. China is now in second place with 81,782 cases and Italy is 3rd with 80,589.

Coronavirus spreading faster everyday

After an outbreak happened in Wuhan city of China back in December 2019, the coronavirus disease has spread to over half a million people from nearly every country in the world, and the speed at which it spreads is only increasing.

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The US is now the primary hotspot of the coronavirus disease as people clear the streets

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirmed at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland that the pandemic spread continues to rise:  “The pandemic is accelerating. It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach 100,000 cases, 11 days for second 100,000 cases, and just four days for the third 100,000 cases.”

As an example, at the beginning of March, there were only about 100 confirmed cases in the US. And the confirmed cases do not take into account the actual number of infections not just in the US, but in any country. This is usually due to delays in testing, restrictions on who can get tested, or a lack of testing in general.

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The number of cases will rise as testing becomes more widespread

The State of New York alone has 37,258 cases, making up half of all the cases in America. NY Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the high number of cases in the state is because of a "backlog" of infections that are now only confirmed by testing.

There are already examples of the high number of cases overwhelming the state's medical systems, causing shortages of beds, workers and critical equipment like ventilators which could save many lives.

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Right now one of the biggest cities in the world is shut down

Stay tuned and check out our coronavirus section on GuruGamer.com for more news and updates on the complex developments of the dangerous new coronavirus, COVID-19.