Coronavirus cases in California overtake New York for most nationwide

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(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Amouris Coss)

Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in California have topped 409,000, surpassing New York for most in the country.

Data from John’s Hopkins University showed on Wednesday that California now has about 1,200 more cases than New York.

However, New York’s 72,302 deaths are by far the highest total in the country and nine times more than California’s total, and its confirmed infection rate of about 2,100 per 100,000 people is double that of that of California.

California is by far the most populous US state, with nearly 40 million people, while New York City has around 19.5 million.

“We are doing everything we can to make sure we control the rate of spread, despite the passage of 400,000 cases in California,” Secretary of State for Health and Human Services, Dr. Mark Ghaly said Tuesday. “At the end of the day, I really expect and hope that California will be the state that has adapted the most, learned the most and prepared the best.”

U.S. government data released Tuesday found that reported and confirmed coronavirus cases vastly underestimate the true number of infections, echoing the results of a smaller study last month. The United States has also experienced consistent test failures which experts say contribute to an undercoverage of the actual virus rate.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study says actual rates of COVID-19 were more than 10 times higher than reported cases in most parts of the United States from late March to early May. It is based on COVID-19 antibody tests performed on routine blood samples from 16,000 people in 10 regions of the United States.

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