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The number of people with the coronavirus in the United States has exceeded the number of cases reported by China.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. had 82,404 cases as of 6:00 p.m. ET Thursday, while China reported approximately 81,800 cases. In China, where the epidemic started in December, nearly 3,300 people died, while in the United States, the toll is around 1,200. There were approximately 8,200 deaths in Italy.
The number of cases discovered in the United States has increased rapidly as more tests for the coronavirus have become available. However, in many areas there is a long wait for a test and in many hospitals and health departments there is a lack of material for the tests to be carried out.