In response to the newest figures collated by Johns Hopkins College, the US has overtaken China (81,782 cases) and Italy (80,589).
However with nearly 1,300 Covid-19-related fatalities, the US loss of life toll lags behind China (3,291) and Italy (8,215).
The grim milestone got here as President Donald Trump predicted the nation would get again to work “pretty quickly”.
Requested about the newest figures at a White Home briefing on Thursday afternoon, President Trump mentioned it was “a tribute to the amount of testing that we’re doing”.
Vice-President Mike Pence mentioned coronavirus assessments had been now obtainable in all 50 states and greater than 552,000 assessments had been performed nationwide.
Mr Trump additionally forged doubt on the figures popping out of Beijing, telling reporters: “You don’t know what the numbers are in China.”