On March 26th, the United States overtook Italy, and subsequently China in the number of total COVID-19 cases, and it also surpassed them in the number of active cases it has had at any given time since the outbreak.
It has a relatively low number of fatalities, with Italy and Spain being in the leading two positions.
Currently, 7 countries have upwards of 20,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, as can be seen below, with Switzerland coming behind with 11,811.
Notably, New York State, alone, has more confirmed cases than Iran and France.
On March 26th, Germany, Spain and the US all registered more cases than Italy, with Italy still registering the most deaths.
Regardless, the situation in the US is such that infections are rapidly spreading, and this is a result of several factors.
First and likely most importantly, the United States healthcare system is very underdeveloped, with citizens having limited health insurance, if any, and any medical assistance being exquisitely expensive, and even attempts by governors to purchase supplies have proven ineffective, since there’s numerous reports that the Trump administration, the federal government was outbidding all state governments in purchases.
Furthermore, in some locations in the US any signs and outside warnings were ignored and anti-pandemic measures were delayed, which results in wide spreading of the infections, in addition to US President Donald Trump saying that everything would be up by Easter Sunday – April 12th, and that there was nothing to worry about.
For testing itself, there are bureaucratic hurdles created by the federal government, which are impeding wide testing, or were, since it would appear that testing in the US is taking place much more actively than earlier.
Finally, the US has focused more on attempting to accuse China of beginning the COVID-19 and politicizing the matter, than on coping with the situation, calling it “Chinese Virus”, “Wuhan Virus” and so on.
Despite that, Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump spoke on the phone on March 27th.
In the conversation, Xi told Trump that he hoped the US would undertake substantive actions to improve relations with China.
Xi also told Trump that cooperation between their countries was the only correct choice and China was willing to support the United States in dealing with the coronavirus, according to an account of the conversation published by the Chinese ministry.
Xi reiterated to Trump during the call that China had been open and transparent about the epidemic, which has infected more than 80,000 people in China.
Xi offered support to the United States, which now has more coronavirus infections than China.
Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet. China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
Trump said on Twitter that he discussed the coronavirus outbreak “in great detail” with Xi.
He refrained from more combative words such as referring to the virus as a “Chinese virus”, which he has been doing.
“China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the virus,” Trump said. “We are working closely together. Much respect!”
This came just a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to great lengths to attempt and name COVID-19 as the “Wuhan Virus” at a G7 meeting, and kept accusing Beijing in the press conference following the meeting.
Still, China is offering a goodwill gesture of help to the US, despite the official campaign Washington is carrying out to discredit China’s efforts in attempting to salvage the situation of the virus outbreak. The US is also attempting to shift the blame for its failure in preparing for the epidemic to China, while many countries, with far less resources than the US managed to undertake measures to limit the spreading, while there’s also examples such as Italy, and currently Spain, which clearly were too late, as a lesson.
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