USA surpasses China in Coronavirus infections, becomes world’s epicenter of COVID-19
The United States of America has now recorded the highest number of Coronavirus infections, becoming the world’s epicentre of COVID-19 disease.
The latest figures indicate the USA has now surpassed China where the virus broke in December 2019, and Italy which leads in the number of deaths in the world.
Latest figures indicate 81,378 coronavirus cases have been recorded in the US as at of Thursday, with 1161 deaths from the cases.
China has so far recorded 81,285 cases and Italy stands at 80,538 cases.
The latest development has attracted major criticism to President Donald Trump’s administration, with critics arguing enough precaution was not taken when the virus broke out in China.
The US is the world’s third most populous nation with 330 million people, meaning a vast pool of people is exposed to the killer virus.
The New York Times which conducted the survey and came up with the figures says that a number of missteps by the Trump administration led to this.
One of them is the “failure to take the pandemic seriously even as it engulfed China, a deeply flawed effort to provide broad testing for the virus that left the country blind to the extent of the crisis, and a dire shortage of masks and protective gear to protect doctors and nurses on the front lines, as well as ventilators to keep the critically ill alive.”
There is general consensus that the cases will rise even as the country is on lockdown to prevent further spread.