Coronavirus: The United States surpasses China and becomes the country with the most confirmed covid-19 infections

The United States overtook China on Thursday afternoon as the country with the most confirmed infections of covid-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The United States overtook China on Thursday afternoon as the country with the most confirmed infections of covid-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. US health authorities had reported 82,400 cases when China, where the virus spread globally, was still at 81,800 on Thursday afternoon. The United States also reported its worst day in terms of deaths with 230 deaths from the new coronavirus to touch 1,300 in total.
Coronavirus: The United States surpasses China and becomes the country with the most confirmed covid-19 infections
US health authorities had reported 82,400 cases when China, where the virus spread globally, was still at 81,800 on Thursday afternoon.
The United States also reported its worst day in terms of deaths with 230 deaths from the new coronavirus to touch 1,300 in total.
Italy, with more than 80,500 confirmed affected, is the country that had reported the highest number of deaths with 8,215, far from the 4,100 in Spain and the nearly 3,300 in China. Worldwide, 526,000 cases and 23,709 deaths had been recorded.
President Donald Trump received the dubious honor by questioning the numbers reported by the Chinese government.
The news coincides with the report that more than 3.3 million people registered to receive unemployment benefits in the week of March 21. That's almost five times more than the previous record, 695,000 in a week in 1982.

The streets of Manhattan are deserted by restrictions to stop the coronavirus.

The United States economy is virtually stationary. There are numerous restrictions on the movement of people, shops and factories are closed, the aviation industry is also virtually without activity.
Congress prepares the largest rescue package in history. And Trump has made no secret of his concern over a situation analyst believe could cost him reelection in November.

The White House reaction

Asked about the latest numbers of infected, the president, who at the beginning of the epidemic said that the cases were close to falling to zero, said that it is "an acknowledgment of the number of tests that are being done."
Trump also questioned the figures issued from Beijing and affirmed in front of the journalists present that "the numbers in China are not known."
He added that he has planned a telephone contact with Chinese President Xi Jinping and rejected a version that the leader of the Asian giant has asked him to "calm" the language he uses to refer to coronavirus, which he refers to as "the Chinese virus”.
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence noted that coronavirus tests are available in all 50 states in his country and that more than half a million tests were conducted throughout the country as of March 26.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the team fighting the coronavirus from the White House, has become one of the most popular characters in the country.

United States measures

In a letter to state governors, Trump announced that his team of advisers plans to issue federal guidelines for social distancing so that some regions can ease some of the restrictions imposed.
Trump noted that what is coming is a "long battle" and said that the "vigorous" testing protocols established by his government will allow some counties to raise their coronavirus safeguards.
He added that the "new guidelines" will be able to identify low, medium and high-risk areas that would allow the government to suggest maintaining, increasing or relaxing social distancing and other mitigation measures that have been implemented.

"We are sorry for the inconvenience; we are closed due to the coronavirus" ... commercial activity in the country is at a minimum.

Trump's plan was announced shortly after a new investigation on Thursday estimated that covid-19-related deaths in the USA. They could reach 80,000 in the next four months.
The calculation made by the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Assessments states that up to 2,300 people can die per day when the infection reaches its highest point, sometime in April.
From the beginning of the virus outbreak, Trump was questioned by political forces and American civil associations for the way in which his government dealt with the epidemic.

New York, epicenter

The epicenter of the pandemic in the country is in New York, which until this Thursday accumulated 37,900 confirmed cases, to which the almost 7,000 of the neighboring state of New Jersey can be added.
The economic capital of the world's leading power has gone from being "the city that never sleeps" to a silent and unrecognizable epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, waiting for the worst, as the BBC World correspondent in New York points out, Gerardo Lissardy.

New York governor Cuomo has gained popularity with his daily explanations of the crisis.

There, the state government gradually increased the restrictions in order to lower the wave of contagion, with the closure of schools, restaurants and other shops, as well as asking people to avoid going to public places.
These measures ended up emptying and silencing the streets of the city of skyscrapers, but they still seem far from achieving their goal and authorities warn that the outlook is bleak.
President Donald Trump commissioned Vice President Mike Pence to lead a commission tasked with managing the pandemic.
Trump believes that the collapse of the economy that the measures imposed to stop the pandemic can cost more lives than the epidemic itself.
That is why he has been insisting that "the remedy cannot be worse than the disease" and has gone so far as to say that by Easter the country is going to be back in full swing, something that public health experts have put in question and that later he himself qualified recognizing that it will depend on the data.

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