In the current week, COVID-19 cases exceeded 1,000 in the U.S. as the novel strain of coronavirus continues to spread. Data from Johns Hopkins University reveals that as of Wednesday, 8:40 a.m., there were a minimum of 1,039 instances across the U.S. As per the CDC, the virus is present in a minimum of 35 states, including the District of Columbia. Reportedly, Washington state has almost half of all U.S. instances. The governors have already declared a state of emergency in the nation to relieve funding for communities fighting outbreaks. As of Thursday, the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has exceeded 1,400 cases across a minimal of 46 states. So far, the death toll has risen to 37. Well, the number is much less than the 81,000 confirmed cases and 3,000 deaths in China.

Globally, COVI D-19 has strained over 130,000 people, killing a minimum of 4,900. As per the World Health Organization, as of March 4, the U.S. had some more than 100 confirmed cases in the U.S. Since then, the novel strain of coronavirus has spread rapidly across the nation from its epicenter in Washington State. A continuously increasing number of coronavirus cases have raised fears that the country could head towards the same path as China. Dr. Linda Lee, chief medical affairs and science officer at UV Angel, said it could seem like Italy. Currently, the rate of infection is intensifying every couple of days. Now, Iran has over 12,000 instances and more than 800 deaths.

On the other hand, the coronavirus screening effort of the government has faced criticism from state officials. Initially, the tests were impaired by quality-control concerns, postponing testing for people in the U.S. Even more, it has led some states like New York, to seek urgent authorization for using their independent screening kit. Robert Redfield, the Director of the CDC, noted the shortage of funds has had troubled the federal government’s action towards the epidemic. He also said that the truth is they have failed to invest sufficient money in the public health laboratories.

Redfield accepted that the labs lag in equipment and staff. Even more, the facilities do not have enough interior capacity or search potential. To control the spread of new coronavirus, on Wednesday, President Trump has declared a set of guidelines. The sweeping restrictions include banning people traveling from Europe to the U.S. Apart from this, public health officials have recommended the public to cancel gatherings of 250 or more people.