New York state now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any country in the world


Dec 11, 2018
New York state alone now has more reported coronavirus cases than any other country in the world, according to data from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

The state is the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with over 160,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Comparatively, here are the number of confirmed cases in other countries that have been hit hard by the coronavirus, as of Thursday afternoon:
  • Spain: 152,446
  • Italy: 143,626
  • France: 118,781
  • Germany: 115,523
  • China: 82,883
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday urged residents of his state to continue to stay home and practice social distancing in order to quell the spread of COVID-19.

Cuomo said that 799 people in New York died of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the highest death toll from the virus in a single day for the state so far.

The New York governor said over 7,000 people in the state had lost their lives due to the virus up to this point.

"9/11 was supposed to be the darkest day in New York for a generation," Cuomo said at a Thursday press conference. "And then, in many ways, we lose so many more New Yorkers to this silent killer."

The 9/11 terror attacks killed 2,753 people in New York City. As of Thursday, there were 5,150 reported deaths from coronavirus in America's most populated city.