Coronavirus cases in the US top other countries

The U.S. has surpassed the rest of the world with the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

The U.S. reported more than 86,000 confirmed cases of mid-day March 27, above the nearly 82,000 cases in China and more than 80,000 reported in Italy. Globally, the number of COVID-19 cases has climbed to more than 551,000, with nearly 25,000 deaths.

The rising number of cases in the U.S. marks the nation as the new epicenter of the virus. China and Italy have implemented strict quarantine rules to control the spread of the virus.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS and the Trump administration have eased some regulations to help healthcare providers respond quicker to treat patients. Twenty-nine states have received approval for section 1135 Medicaid waivers as of March 27, granting a variety of flexibilities.

Numerous states and cities have issued their own stay-in-place orders in an attempt to slow the curve of disease’s progression. Within the U.S., New York City has been hit the hardest, with more than 20,000 of the nation’s cases.

See the Johns Hopkins data here.