TITLE: U.S. becomes first country with more than 200,000 COVID-19 cases
As of Wednesday afternoon, 203,608 cases have been reported in the United States, with 4,476 deaths, showed the tally updated by the university's Centre for Systems Science and Engineering.
New York State has recorded 83,712 diagnoses and 1,941 deaths, both the highest among US States and territories, read the update.
US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he will not issue a national stay-at-home order even as coronavirus cases are still surging in the country.
Trump told reporters at a White House Coronavirus Task Force news briefing that he does not intend to do so because different states have different levels of Covid-19 cases.
"You have to look -- you have to give a little flexibility. If you have a state in the Midwest, or if Alaska for example doesn't have a problem, it's awfully tough to say close it down. We have to have a little bit of flexibility," Trump said at the briefing.