It was just a matter of time, and the unwanted milestone came Thursday evening: The US now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other nation, according to Johns Hopkins University. The US count of 82,404 surpassed that of China (81,782) and Italy (80,589). After that comes a drop-off, with Spain at about 57,000 and Germany at 43,000. Italy still has the most deaths (more than 8,000), while the US total climbed above 1,000 on Wednesday. Other developments:
- New guidelines: President Trump said Thursday that federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties around the US as low, medium or high risk, reports NPR, which has the full text of Trump's letter to governors about it. The idea is to help state and local officials with decisions on decisions about "maintaining, increasing or relaxing social distancing and other mitigation measures," says the letter. Increased testing may play a key role in refining those guidelines.