The U.S. now has the largest COVID-19 cases in the world. The number of people infected by the coronavirus climbed to 82,404 on Thursday evening.
That makes the country the new center of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. currently has more cases than China with 81,782 and Italy that reported 80,589 on the same day, Business Insider reported Friday.
COVID-19 has also killed more Americans since the outbreak started in January. Federal health authorities recorded more than 1,100 deaths because of the disease on Wednesday.
State and city officials said the coronavirus outbreak has serious impacts on the U.S. If the virus continues to spread across communities, many hospitals may soon reach maximum capacity.
In addition, millions of workers and companies have been affected by restrictions set by the government to contain the coronavirus. The weekly jobless claims for the week ending March 21 reached 3.28 million in the U.S., the Labor Department reported Thursday.
Coronavirus Restrictions In U.S. States
Over the past weeks, 22 states have issued a lockdown or stay-at-home orders to help slow down the spread of COVID-19. Officials asked residents to leave their homes only for essential services, such as buying food and medicine.
The travel restrictions mainly aim to minimize how often people come within six feet of one another. Experts said social distancing could help in “flattening the curve” or reducing new coronavirus infections.
Some areas have started noticing the effects of the restrictions. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced early this week that aggressive social distancing measures were starting to slow the movement of the virus in the state.
New York has been the center of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. The state covers nearly half of the country’s cases, Business Insider reported.
The other states that implemented stay-at-home orders are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
At least 160 million people or nearly 49 percent of the entire population of the U.S. are affected by the coronavirus restriction.