While the COVID-19 cases surpassed 400,000 worldwide on Tuesday, the U.S. cases topped 50,000 as the virus spreads more rapidly across the world.
The report said that the surge in cases in US has grown tenfold in a week to 50,000.
In the U.S., the virus has infected more than 50,206 people as of 2:15 p.m. and killed at least 600 people, according to Hopkins. New York state, which has 25,665 confirmed cases as of Tuesday, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, accounts for nearly half of all cases in the U.S.
However, the number of actual cases in the country is likely significantly higher, officials have acknowledged. Testing in the U.S. has been hampered by delays and restrictive diagnostic criteria that limited who could get tested.
Confirmed U.S. cases passed 5,000 just one week ago. On March 1, there were roughly 100 confirmed cases in the U.S. Local and state officials in the U.S. have warned that the rapid spread of the virus will put the U.S. health-care system to the test.
In New York, Cuomo has called for tens of thousands more hospital beds and ventilators, potentially life-saving devices for hospitalized COVID-19 patients. On Tuesday, he warned other states to prepare for their own epidemics.
“New York is the canary in the coal mine. New York is going first. We have the highest and fastest rate of infection,” he said at a news briefing, adding that what’s happening in New York will spread to California, Washington and other states from there.