People line up to enter the Costco supermarket which restricts customer flows amid the novel coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco Bay Area, the United States, March 16, 2020. The number of COVID-19 cases in United States has topped 4,600 as of Monday night, an increase of more than 1,000 in the past 24 hours, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Six counties in northern California's Bay Area region, including San Francisco, on Monday announced a public health order requesting residents to stay at home except for essential
People line up to enter the Costco supermarket which restricts customer flows amid the novel coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco Bay Area, the United States, March 16, 2020. The number of COVID-19 cases in United States has topped 4,600 as of Monday night, an increase of more than 1,000 in the past 24 hours, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Six counties in northern California's Bay Area region, including San Francisco, on Monday announced a public health order requesting residents to stay at home except for essential

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 5.5 million on Wednesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

The U.S. case count rose to 5,505,074, with the national death toll reaching 172,418 as of 1:27 p.m. local time (1727 GMT), according to the CSSE.

The hardest-hit U.S. state of California reported 640,722 cases, followed by Florida with 584,047 cases, Texas with 569,331 cases, and New York with 426,571 cases, the tally showed.

Other states with over 180,000 cases include Georgia, Illinois, Arizona and New Jersey, according to the CSSE.
By far, the United States remains the worst-hit nation, in terms of both the caseload and death toll.

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