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New York Has More Confirmed COVID-19 Cases than Any Other Country

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New York Has More Confirmed COVID-19 Cases than Any Other Country

2020-04-10 17:33:29

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: COVID-19 (Image source: Public domain)

We have been hit with stunning stats regarding the coronavirus COVID-19 repeatedly. Sometimes they just hit too close to home. There can be no greater fear, though, than the realization that New York state has more confirmed cases of COVID-19 than any country, other then the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University data. 

The most recent data as of this writing is that New York state has 170,758 positive cases of COVID-19. New Jersey has less than one-third of that with 54,588 and is the second highest state, followed by Michigan wih 21,504, California with 20,345, Pennsylvania with 20,051, Louisiana with 19,253, Massachusetts with 18,941, Florida with 17,531, Illinois with 16,424, and Texas with 11,882, to round out the top 10.

New York also has the most deaths in the country with 7,844, followed by New Jersey with 1,932, Michigan with 1,076, Louisiana with 755, California with 552, Illinois with 529, Massachusetts with 503, Washington state with 457, Pennsylvania with 418, and Georgia with 416. 

Where it gets interesting is once you compare it with countries. The United States by far has the most confirmed cases with more than 450,000. The closest is Spain with more than 150,00, followed by Italy with more than 143,000, and France and Germany, each with more than 118,00.

This means New York state with 170,758 positive cases has more than Spain, Italy, France, and Germany. With everything we heard about Italy a few weeks back, New York state now has more.  

China has only reported 82,883, but there are some who believe the country was underreporting its numbers. They have admitted that they were only counting people with symptoms who tested positive. They were not counting asymptomatic people who tested positive until recently. China denies they were underreporting cases and deaths deliberately and calls claims that it did, a "despicable attempt to put political interests above human life."

Breaking New York state down even further, New York City has 87,725 cases, meaning about 5,000 moreo than China. Most cases are in Queens with 27,759, followed by Brooklyn with 23,408, The Bronx with 16,736, Manhattan with 11,486, and Staten Island with 6,298. 

These numbers are staggering. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been focused on getting help from the federal government. He has asked for ventilators as well as protective gear to keep health-care workers on the front lines healthy.

"We're in a battle, right, but this is about a war," he said Thursday at a press conference. "This virus is very, very good at what it does. We lost more lives yesterday than we have to date." He added that more lives have been lost and the state has suffered more economic damage than after 9/11. 

The good news is that Cuomo also noted the rate of new cases, new hospitalizations, and deaths, is starting to level off. However, he warns against residents becoming complacent, as officials believe the virus will resurge if the social distancing and stay-at-home orders aren't adhered to.

Wednesday was the smallest number of hospital admissions since March 18, with 200. Cuomo referred to it as the "lowest number we've had since this nightmare started." 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also had a warning. He wants the city to tighten the social distancing restrictions and noted it will be a "long, tough" April.

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