The U.S. has now hit the 4 million confirmed coronavirus case mark, with the trajectory of new cases continuing to grow.
Multiple sources, ranging from The New York Times to NBC, cite national tallies that confirm the county has surpassed 4 million cases on Thursday. The NBC count specifically reports 4,001,843 confirmed COVID-19 infections nationwide.
The same count showcases about 81,000 new cases logged over the past 24 hours. On Thursday, more than 26,000 confirmed cases have been reported, with more to possibly come. Depending on the data source, exact figures of current fatalities range from 143,167 to 143,446.
The number of hospitalizations are also increasing across the country, notably in states along the embattled Sun Belt, such as Georgia, Southern California and Florida.
Forty-two U.S. states and territories are experiencing increases in cases, with only two, Arizona and Delaware, seeing notable declines.
This development is significant for Arizona; over the past several weeks, the state has seen a surge in new cases that have threatened to overwhelm the state’s health care apparatus, with hospitals statewide reporting over 80 percent of bed capacity being taken by COVID-19 patients.
Globally, there are approximately 15,301,503 confirmed cases.
BREAKING NEWS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC