More than 1000 United States coronavirus deaths, near 70000 cases

Tanya Simon
March 27, 2020

The United States has now surpassed both China and Italy in confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), making it the country with the most cases of the contagious respiratory virus in the world.

New imported cases in China: The country reported 67 new imported coronavirus cases on Wednesday, but no new locally transmitted ones. The United States, China and Italy top the list of cases. Most of those victims were in New York City, where hospitals are getting swamped.

While fatalities remain higher elsewhere, experts say new infection numbers show that many more Americans will die - and the true number of cases could be much higher than the official figure due to shortages of test kits. And the USA is bleeding jobs as well: The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits last week was almost five times the old record, set in 1982.

The first case in the US was confirmed in Everett, Washington, in late January in a patient who had recently returned from Wuhan, one of China's largest transportation hubs.

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The government expects to enact the emergency measure from April 6, according to Finance Minister Bill Morneau. The coronavirus has already taken a strong toll on Canada's economy.

In America, the Senate passed a $2 trillion economic rescue package to help small businesses, workers and the country's healthcare industry, which some worry will become overwhelmed by the influx of COVID-19 patients, in addition to those with other ailments. The plan, which is expected to be voted on in the House on Friday, would dispense cheques of $1,200 (€1086) per adult and $500 (€452) per child. Reports of new infections from inside the country have stopped. The state has faced 385 coronavirus-related deaths, up 100 deaths in the last 24 hours.

-The leaders of the Group of 20 major industrialized nations held a video summit for safety reasons and vowed to work together to confront the crisis but made no specific commitments. As of Thursday, the country had more than 2500 cases and 59 deaths.

The virus has killed more than 21,000 people around the world after it was first identified in central China in late December.

The flu and pneumonia caused around 60,000 deaths.

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