Coronavirus Update – USA Takes The Lead With Highest Number Of Cases

The current condition of the world makes it feel like the Earth has stopped revolving, somehow. The coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a standstill.

Countries all over the world have closed down offices, schools, colleges, and entire cities to slow down the spread of the virus. Some countries have even declared nation-wide lockdowns. Even so, the number of infected people and consequently, the death toll keeps rising every day. One by one, coronavirus is engulfing whole countries.

First, it was China. The virus originated in Wuhan and spread to the rest of the country, claiming more than 3,000 lives. Then, it took control of Iran when it infected more than 30,000 people across the country. After that, it was Italy. Italy became the global epicentre of the virus, with the highest death toll from the virus. Coronavirus claimed 9,000 lives in Italy, still the highest in the world.

Now, it is the USA.

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The USA has now surpassed the number of confirmed cases of the virus in China, making it the country with the highest number of cases.

The country currently has more than 100,000 confirmed cases of the virus.

Even though lockdowns have been imposed only in certain states. Even though the government is being advised to put into effect a nation-wide shutdown, Donald Trump seems unwilling to do so. On multiple occasions, the President has talked about lifting all lockdowns in mid-April to protect the economy.

Trump has previously said that he is eager to re-open America’s economy, sooner than 3 or 4 months. During a press conference, he was asked if he meant that he’d reopen the economy is weeks or months. This is what his reply was –

“I’m not looking at months, I can tell you right now.”

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However, the American government has since taken part in tackling the virus head-on.

“We are waging war on this virus using every financial, scientific, medical, pharmaceutical and military resource, to halt its spread and protect our citizens,” US President Donald Trump said.

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Leaders of 20 major economies connected via video link to talk about the current crisis. They have since pledged a “united front” to fight the virus.

“We are injecting over $5 trillion into the global economy, as part of targeted fiscal policy, economic measures, and guarantee schemes to counteract the social, economic and financial impacts of the pandemic.”

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