THE United States, with 83,672 people infected with the coronavirus, and 1,209 deaths now leads the world in confirmed Coronavirus cases — more than China, Italy or any other country has seen, according to data gathered by The New York Times.

With 330 million residents, the United States is the world’s third most populous nation.

Following a series of missteps, the nation is now the epicentre of the pandemic, with a vast pool of people who can potentially be infected by Covid-19.