The U.S. continues to see a growing number of people contracting COVID-19. A recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that the country has 2,311 cases per 1 million people and 110 deaths per 1 million people.
Without effective measures to contain the coronavirus, scientists predict that 80 percent of people in the U.S. could get the COVID-19, 24/7 Wall St. reported Thursday. State leaders fear that the growing number of patients may soon overwhelm most hospitals, especially amid the shortage of protective equipment for frontliners.
Latest data from Johns Hopkins University shows that New York remains with the highest number of patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the country. The state currently has more than 260,000 cases.
Top States With Highest COVID-19 Cases, Deaths
- New York: 263,460 cases, 20,973 deaths
- New Jersey: 100,025 cases, 5,426 deaths
- Massachusetts: 46,023 cases, 2,360 deaths
- California: 39,561 cases, 1,533 deaths
- Pennsylvania: 38,379 cases, 1,724 deaths
- Illinois: 36,937 cases, 1,688 deaths
- Michigan: 35,296 cases, 2,977 deaths
- Florida: 29,648 cases, 987 deaths
- Louisiana: 25,739 cases, 1,599 deaths
- Connecticut: 23,100 cases, 1,639 deaths
However, the top health official of New York City believes nearly one million residents have been exposed to the coronavirus. Increasing testing across the city would help contain the virus and allow people to gradually return to their regular daily activities.
“That really I think is the tip of iceberg for a number of different reasons,” Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said at a recent news briefing. “New Yorkers have been heeding our advice that if they have mild symptoms, at this point in time, when you’ve got community-wide transmission, having a test result isn’t going to change what we’re going to tell you to do.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York is set to begin manufacturing its own test kits and produce 50,000 per week to help speed up detection of COVID-19. However, he noted he is not looking forward to reopening the city yet, CNBC reported Thursday.
“I don’t know what’s happening in each and every state, each and every city … but I do know a lot of states are rushing to reopen,” de Blasio said. “My fear is there are people governed more by politics or image or they’re concerned more about the economy than they’re concerned about the health and welfare of their people.”