The U.S. coronavirus map aligned with the country’s population data overnight when California – the nation’s most populous state – also became No. 1 in confirmed coronavirus cases.
California now has more than 409,000 confirmed cases of the virus, overtaking New York, the nation’s longtime leader and fourth most populous state, which now has just over 408,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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In third place is Florida, the nation’s third most populous state, with just under 370,000 confirmed cases.
New York, however, still leads the nation in coronavirus-related deaths, with more than 32,500, while neighboring New Jersey still ranks No. 2, with more than 15,700 deaths despite being No. 11 in population.
California, with a population of about 39.5 million people, ranks No. 4 in deaths with just under 7,900, according to Johns Hopkins.
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Coronavirus cases in California appear to defy a widely held assumption about the outbreak: While many people view the pandemic as affecting mostly elderly people, nearly 70 percent of the cases in California affect people under age 49, SFGate reported.