Virus update: pandemic continues spread
Updated: Apr 9
As of late this week, the United States now has the most cases by country in the world--if you believe the data from the Chinese government, which has reported only one new case of the novel coronavirus this week.
The U.S. now has over 86,000 confirmed cases of the virus, up from 14,000 one week ago. More than 1,300 Americans have died from the virus.
Testing for the virus in the United States is also now the most extensive in the world, making it unsurprising that the U.S. case figures have risen above other nations' totals. About 65,000 tests are being administered to Americans each day, a significant rise from just a week or two ago. Medical experts are still not satisfied with the testing capacity, however, and are striving for a 150,000 tests-per-day capability.
Public health labs in all 50 states and D.C. are now testing for the novel coronavirus, and many other labs are completing testing procedures as directed by the Federal Drug Administration. Experts say it may be difficult to know exactly how many Americans are truly infected and have recovered, since testing is primarily being done for Americans with increased risk factors, such as displaying severe symptoms, Americans over 65, and those with previous medical conditions.
The federal government is set to pass a $2 trillion economic relief spending bill in an attempt to provide aid to individuals and businesses affected by the pandemic.
New cases continue to be confirmed in Europe as well, with significant rises in cases in Spain and Italy.
There are currently over 550,000 global confirmed cases of the coronavirus in 151 countries.