Covid 19: More than 83,000 cases, U.S. surpasses China and Italy

    The number of people infected with COVID-19 in the United States has surpassed all other countries, including China, the original epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic.

    More than 83,000 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus as of Thursday evening, a staggering jump of more than 10,000 since the morning, according to data tracked by Johns Hopkins University. At least 1,200 deaths have been blamed on the virus in the U.S.

    China, where the crisis seems to have subsided, has reported 81,782 cases.

    As cases of COVID-19 continued to climb, a record number of people in the nation filed for for unemployment, cities across the nation rolled out temporary field hospitals and the U.S. Army asked some former soldiers if they would consider returning to active duty to help fight the pandemic.

    There have been more than 529,000 cases reported globally. Nearly 24,000 people have died and some 122,000 have recovered.

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