California has overtaken New York for the highest number of coronavirus cases in the United States.
The most populous U.S. state registered 413,579 cases on Wednesday after adding a record 12,807 peak to new daily infections.
The state now has 5,000 more cases than New York – the original epicenter of the country’s outbreak.
New York currently has 408,181 infections across the state.
If California were a country, it would rank fifth in the world for total COVID-19 cases behind only the United States, Brazil, India, and Russia.
Meanwhile, the 32,520 deaths in New York are still by far the highest number in the country and four times more than California’s 7,870.
CALIFORNIA: The most populous US state registered 413,579 cases on Wednesday after adding a record peak of 12,807 to new daily infections to the total
California is by far the most populous US state, with nearly 40 million people, while New York has about 19.5 million.
Since the beginning of this year, the state of New York has gotten the virus under control.
However, California initially managed to slow the spread of the virus, but has seen a sharp turnaround with COVID-19 infection rates rising sharply in recent weeks.
California residents who started in March were urged to stay at home as much as possible, and state health orders shut down all essential businesses such as grocery stores.
In May and June, California reopened much of its economy, and people resume shopping in shops and dining in restaurants.
The magnitude of the reopening was evident from data showing that unemployment in California fell in June, as the state added a record 558,000 jobs.
But the infections began to increase, and a new set of business restrictions were imposed, including a ban on indoor dining in restaurants and bars.
California Governor Gavin Newsom reversed some of his reopening plans for the state last week, announcing the closure of some indoor locations that attract crowds, such as bars, restaurants, movie theaters, zoos, and museums.
New York, the original epicenter of the American outbreak, currently has a total of 408,181 infections across the state
Meanwhile, the 32,520 deaths in New York are still by far the highest number in the country and four times more than California’s 7,870
He also ordered the closure of gyms, churches, and hair salons in the 30 most affected states of the state.
Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous country with a population of 10 million, reported that younger people caused the spread of new infections.
More than half of the new cases in the county came from people under the age of 41, and the COVID-19 deaths in the county were 4,154, with positive cases above 161,670, the Ministry of Health said.
“The tragedy of what we see is that many of our younger residents interact and fail to adhere to recommended prevention measures, while our older residents continue to experience the results of this increased spread with the worst health outcomes, including death,” said Barbara Ferrer , Director of Public Health.
US government data published Tuesday showed that reported and confirmed cases of coronavirus are vastly underestimating the true number of infections, following the results of a smaller study last month.
The US has also had consistent test errors, which experts say contribute to an undercount of the actual virus rate.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study said actual COVID-19 rates in most U.S. regions from late March to early May were more than 10 times higher than reported cases.
It is based on COVID-19 antibody tests performed on routine blood samples from 16,000 people in 10 US regions.