In a rare twist, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday that coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surpassed the record set during the pandemic.
The agency said that the nation experienced its first recorded COVID case in the nation’s capital on Monday, and has seen the most cases in a single day since the start of the pandemics outbreak.
“We have now had more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of COVID since mid-March,” the CDC said in a statement.
“We have recorded more than 18,000 deaths from COVID in the United States since mid March.”
The number of COV-19 cases has surpassed all previous records set during this epidemic.
We have also seen the largest annual increase in cases since the beginning of the epidemic, with nearly 6 million cases worldwide,” the statement added.”
For the first time in our history, there are more confirmed cases and deaths from this coronaviruses pandemic than ever before,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in the statement.”
This is an extraordinary milestone for this country.
It is a tremendous victory for public health and a critical step forward in our efforts to prevent this disease.
“The CDC said the number of cases and the number reported have risen by nearly 30 percent from March 27 through Monday.
That includes a 35 percent increase from the first week of the outbreak.
The CDC did not release the number for the most recent day, but the agency said it was about 6.7 million.
The average age of the cases was 58.5 years.
According to the CDC, there were about 2.4 million cases reported on the same day, and about 9,700 deaths.
The disease was first reported in humans in 1976.