Coronavirus: US overtakes China with most cases
Published : Friday, 27 March, 2020 at 8:35 AM Count : 598
The US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country with more than 83,500 positive tests.
According to the latest figures collated by Johns Hopkins University, the US has overtaken China (81,782 cases) and Italy (80,589), reports BBC.
But with 1,200 Covid-19-related fatalities, the US death toll lags behind China (3,291) and Italy (8,215).
The grim milestone came as President Donald Trump predicted the nation would get back to work "pretty quickly".
How did the White House react?
Asked about the latest figures at a White House briefing on Thursday afternoon, President Trump said it was "a tribute to the amount of testing that we're doing".
Vice-President Mike Pence said coronavirus tests were now available in all 50 states and more than 552,000 tests had been conducted nationwide.
Mr Trump also cast doubt on the figures coming out of Beijing, telling reporters: "You don't know what the numbers are in China."
He said he would speak to President Xi Jinping by phone on Thursday night, but denied the Chinese leader had asked him to "calm down" the language he uses to refer to the pandemic, which the US leader refers to as "the Chinese virus".
Johns Hopkins University also said the number of people known to have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide has crossed half a million.
The number of cases totalled 526,044 globally at 3:37am on Friday, with 23,709 deaths, data collected by the university showed. As many as 122,066 patients have recovered by the time.
China, where the pandemic started by the end of last year, has reported 81,782 cases.
With most deaths from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, Italy has confirmed 80,589 cases. As many as 8,215 patients have died there.
Spain and Germany were behind Italy with 56,347 and 43,646 cases respectively. France has reported 29,551, surpassing 29,406 of Iran.
Bangladesh confirmed 44 COVID-19 patients until Thursday with five deaths.
In the US, the number of coronavirus cases surged to 82,404, data from Johns Hopkins University showed.