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US overtakes China in confirmed coronavirus cases

Number surpasses 85,000 making it the new epicenter

A New York City Police officer (NYPD) wears protective gear, while monitoring people waiting in line to be tested for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outside Elmhurst Hospital Center in the Queens borough of New York City.    © Reuters

NEW YORK/PALO ALTO, U.S. -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. has surpassed that of China, making America set to become the next epicenter of the pandemic.

As of Thursday, the U.S. had 85,653 confirmed cases and 24,057 deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. New York state alone had 39,125 confirmed cases, followed by New Jersey and California.

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