COVID-19: US overtakes China, Italy with most confirmed cases

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The United States has recorded more confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) at present than Italy, China that were highest ranked countries in the world.

Latest figures compiled by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University, as reported by BBC on Friday reveals that the North American nation now has more than 85,500 positive test cases of coronavirus, while China and Italy have 81,782 and 80,589 cases, respectively.

But with almost 1,300 coronavirus-related fatalities, the US death toll is far behind China (3,291) and Italy (8,215).

When asked about the latest figures at a White House briefing on Thursday afternoon, US President Donald Trump said it was “a tribute to the amount of testing that we’re doing”.

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Trump also cast doubt on the figures coming out of China, telling reporters: “You don’t know what the numbers are in China.”

Meanwhile, the US President, Donald Trump had vowed to return to business, saying the country will not continue to be in a lockdown due to the spread of coronavirus across the globe.

The lockdowns have brought the US and its $20-trillion economy to a virtual standstill during the past few days, and Trump said this would not continue.

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“America will, again, and soon, be open for business,” Trump said during his daily briefing on coronavirus.

“Very soon. A lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting. Lot sooner. We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.”

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation, WHO, had warned earlier this week that the US could become the epicenter of the pandemic of it goes against the measures.

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