The United States now has more confirmed cases of the Coronavirus than any other country. The United States, China and Italy top the list of cases. Over 120,000 have recovered, while more than 22,000 people have died.More news: NY is 'splitting' ventilators and converting anesthesia machines for coronavirus patients
A Animal Medical Center employee wears a hazmat suit as she collects a pet from their owner and ushers them into the hospital as part of precautions against COVID-19 on March 24, 2020 in New York City.
As the number of infections around the globe reached a half-million and world leaders held a video summit to grapple with how long to keep the economy at a standstill to help flatten the rising curve, the damage to people's livelihoods and their well-being started to come into focus. And the United States is bleeding jobs as well: The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits last week was almost five times the old record, set in 1982.
American hospitals increasingly have reported being overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases and 40 percent of Americans are under lockdown orders to prevent the spread of the illness.More news: Everybody Wanted to Dribble Like Curly Neal
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that he expects the need for 140,000 hospital beds at the peak of the state's crisis - which is more than double the current capacity, according to NBC New York. Reports of new infections from inside the country have stopped.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.
The flu and pneumonia caused around 60,000 deaths.More news: Mayor considers closing parks if New Yorkers do not practice social distancing