(Reuters) – The state of New York overtook Italy on Tuesday, reporting the overall second corona virus case in the world after Spain, according to a Reuters count.
U.S. states had 138,836 reported cases compared to Italy with 135,586 cases. Spain has the highest number of cases, 140,510. In total the United States has recorded 380,000 cases and 11,800 deaths.
The United States was prepared this week for what an official called the “peak death week” of the corona virus.
The state of New York reported the deadliest day, with 731 deaths from the new corona virus with a total of 5,489 deaths, even when Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that hospitalization appeared to be at its peak.
European countries, including the hardest hit Italy and Spain, have begun to look forward to reducing locking after falling in their coronavirus-related death rates.
In Spain, the death rate due to the corona virus ticked for the first time in five days on Tuesday, but there is still hope that national lockdown will soon decrease.
Italy imposed a national lockdown on March 9 to slow the spread of the virus and Spain followed on March 14. The state of New York requires all residents to stay at home except for important business on March 20 and now more than 94% of Americans are under the same orders.
(Writing by Lisa Shumaker; Editing by Howard Goller)
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