The outbreak in this country, which now has the highest number of known cases in the world, has exploded over the last two months. At the start of March, with extremely limited testing available, only 70 cases had been reported in the United States, most of them tied to overseas travel. Over the last three weeks, well over 1,000 deaths have been announced each day, including several days with more than 2,000. The number of known cases in the country now exceeds the combined populations of Wyoming and Minneapolis.
As of Wednesday morning, at least 1,012,683 people across every state, plus Washington, D.C., and four U.S. territories, have tested positive for the virus, according to a New York Times database.
American life has been fundamentally reordered because of the virus. Concerts, graduations and proms have been called off. Unemployment claims have spiked. Some governors have imposed quarantine requirements on Americans who cross state lines. And even as portions of the country begin to reopen, officials have warned that the return to communal life would come in stages, and that the virus could surge anew in the months ahead.
Case numbers spike in Midwestern meatpacking cities
www.kirtithakkar.com Across the Midwest and Great Plains, production at meatpacking plants and other food processing centers has slowed or stopped because of large outbreaks, including one at a Smithfield facility in South Dakota that sickened more than 1,000 people.
The Times has confirmed coronavirus (Gujarat Corona update) clusters in more than 40 food processing facilities across the country. Thousands of workers and their close contacts have been infected. Those numbers are almost certainly an undercount. Some companies, including Smithfield, have refused to provide even basic information about the size of their outbreaks. And in some states, health departments have also declined to give that information.