Headlines and mouthpieces keep proclaiming that the U.S.A. leads the world in coronavirus cases, with the implication that it's somehow a shameful thing. The fact is, the U.S. has the highest number of known virus cases in the world merely because the U.S. is actively testing for the virus on a large scale. We may have been the most conscientious nation in both aspects - isolation and testing - and end up looking bad both ways. China, we know, quit counting almost as soon as the problem became apparent.
We could stop the awful daily rise in numbers, and eventually get out of the Number One spot, just by stopping testing, but that wouldn’t change anything.
I suspect the testing doesn’t change much, either, but it gives the impression that something is being done about the Chinese plague. And, every day, those who claim to be in charge continue to tell us that it could have been worse, it is getting worse, and it might yet get even worse. Who really knows? (No, the WHO doesn't really know, either).
Now, consider this: If the U.S.A. suddenly began to administer mandatory nationwide tests for ignorance and stupidity, we could immediately lead the world in those fields, too. But we don't actually have to do that. Most of the world already recognizes our global leadership in those areas, just from reading American news reports and watching American media broadcasts. You can see all of that for yourself - in isolation, of course.