US cases now most in world, US capital sees more infections

The U.S. passed China with more than 85,000 cases
APTOPIX Virus Outbreak New York
Posted at 5:12 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 05:13:57-04

TORONTO - The United States' caseload of coronavirus infections surged to the most in the world and its capital reported more infections as Italy shut most of its industry and masses of Indian day laborers received food rations after a lockdown put them out of work.

Increases in the number of cases have been expected as testing becomes more available.

The U.S. passed China with more than 85,000 cases, and Italy also exceeded 80,000, the three countries accounting for almost half of the world's infections from the new virus.

Most of China's patients have recovered, while places where the virus arrived later are now dealing with overwhelmed hospitals and converting public spaces for treating the sick.