The number of people infected with COVID-19 in the United States is nearly equal to the number in China, the original epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
Some 80,021 people in the U.S. had been diagnosed with the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus as of late Thursday afternoon, a staggering jump of more than 10,000 since the morning, according to data tracked by Johns Hopkins University.
There were more than 69,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationwide as of Thursday morning and the death toll topped 1,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.
There have been more than 487,000 cases reported globally. At least 22,030 people have died and some 117,000 have recovered.