US becomes third worst-hit nation in the world as coronavirus cases surpass 35,000

US becomes third worst-hit nation in the world as coronavirus cases surpass 35,000

As of Monday morning, the number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the US hit 35,225, making it the nation with the third-highest number of infections in the world, as per John Hopkins University records.

The US now ranks third behind Italy (with 59,138 confirmed cases) and China (with 81,496 confirmed cases).

Per Fox News, every US state has also reported a confirmed case of the virus, with New York being the worst affected, with 99 deaths confirmed from the state.

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In addition, the total death toll across the US from the COVID-19 virus has hit 471 - which is currently the sixth-highest in the world.

And things are only expected to get worse.

Earlier today, US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams appeared on the TODAY show to provide a warning to the US public that the COVID-19 crisis will get worse over the next seven days.

During his on Monday morning, Adams said: "I want America to understand this week, it's going to get bad."

Check out Adams' interview in the clip below:

He said: "Right now, there are not enough people out there who are taking this seriously.

"Everyone needs to act as if they have the virus right now. So, test or no test. We need you to understand you could be spreading it to someone else. Or you could be getting it from someone else, stay at home."

When Asked about growing pressure for President Donald Trump to initiate the Defense Production Act - which would force companies to mass-produce critical supplies where possible - Adams suggested that the US is not at that point. Saying:

"Here's the thing that people don't understand. You don't need to compel someone to do something they are already doing."

Adams added that the government is already working with companies Hanes and Honeywell that are producing large quantities of the items required. Adams added:

"The other important point is that we're not going to ventilator our way out of this problem. We're not going to treat our way out of this problem. The way you stop the spread of an infectious disease like this is with mitigation measures and preventing people from getting it in the first place."

As of this writing, the worldwide number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus currently stands at 339,645, resulting in 14,717 deaths globally.

We are urging all of our readers to adhere to the advice from their respective governments and medical bodies, and practice social distancing and self-isolation where required. Together, we will beat this...