More than 51,000 people have died from the disease and at least 208,000 have recovered from it.
The United States surpassed China, where the first known infection was documented in December, as the country with the most confirmed cases of the virus on March 26. There are more than 236,000 confirmed cases in the U.S., with over 48,000 in New York City alone. At least 5,600 people nationwide have died from COVID-19.
As the virus continues to spread across the U.S., China has reported few new infections locally in recent weeks after imposing extreme social distancing measures for two months. The country said last week that it plans to ease its restrictions in Wuhan, the initial epicenter of the pandemic, on April 8.
Several European countries, including Italy, Spain, France and Germany, have become some of the areas hardest hit by the virus. Italy has reported the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the world at more than 13,900.
In the Middle East, Iran has by far the most confirmed cases of any country in the region with more than 50,000. Israel has reported at least 6,800 cases.
There are an estimated 7.8 billion people on Earth, which means at least .01% of the world’s population is now known to have the virus. Public health experts have warned, however, that the number could be higher, citing testing shortages in some areas and people who may be asymptomatic and unaware they are infected.
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