More than 1 million cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in the U.S., marking a grim milestone in the country with the most reported coronavirus infections in the world, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
U.S. deaths from the respiratory virus passed 57,000 on Tuesday, equal to the upper end of estimated flu deaths for the 2019-2020 flu season, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The true death rate of COVID-19 is still unclear because of a lack of widespread testing, but current numbers suggest a rate much higher than the flu, which infects between 9 million and 45 million people in the U.S. each year, the CDC estimates.
The U.S. has far more COVID-19 cases than any other country. Spain, which has around 50 million people compared with some 332 million in the U.S., has 232,128 cases. Italy, which has a population of around 62 million people, has 201,505 cases. China, where the outbreak began, is reporting fewer than 84,000 cases. Those numbers are as of Tuesday afternoon.
President Trump stood by his comments that the number of coronavirus cases would go to zero in the United States, a claim he once made while trying to downplay the virus.
CNN’s Jim Acosta asked the President how the United States got to the grim milestone of one million coronavirus cases, from the President’s prediction back in February that 15 US cases would turn to zero.
“You have to understand when it comes to cases, we do much more testing than any other country,” the President said. “We’re going to show more cases because we’re doing much more testing.”“It will go down to zero, ultimately,” he said Tuesday. At least 57,266 Americans have died of coronavirus.