A global pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now claimed the lives of more than 126,000 people around the world.
Over 1.9 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.
Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the U.S. has become the worst-affected nation, with more than 608,000 diagnosed cases and at least 25,992 deaths.
The number of cases in New York state alone is higher than in any single country outside the U.S.