The number of people with coronavirus in the U.S. has surpassed the number of cases being reported by China.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has 82,404 cases as of 6 p.m. ET Thursday, while China has reported about 81,800 cases. In China, where the epidemic started in December, almost 3,300 people have died, while in the U.S., the toll stands at about 1,200. In Italy, there have been about 8,200 deaths.
The number of cases being detected in the U.S. has risen rapidly as more tests for coronavirus have become available. But in many areas people report long waits for a test and many hospitals and health departments say there is a shortage of supplies to conduct the tests.