Los Angeles County now has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than “all of Canada,” LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said during a Monday press conference about the virus. He also emphasized that if LA County was an “independent country” it would “have the 20th most cases in the world.”
When Garcetti made the statement on Monday, the county’s public health department was reporting over 136,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the county. There were more than 2,500 new cases reported on Monday and 13 deaths, according to the county’s data at that time.
In Canada, there have been 110,234 confirmed cases of the disease, resulting in 8,843 deaths as of Tuesday, according to numbers from Johns Hopkins University.
“We have never had as many people infected or infectious. We have never had as many recorded positive cases each day. And we’ve never had as many people in the hospital