Coronavirus: USA overtakes China in pandemic toll

The United States of America has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country, with more than 85,500 positive tests.

According to the latest figures collated by Johns Hopkins University, the US has overtaken China (81,782 cases) and Italy (80,589).

The grim milestone came as President Donald Trump predicted the nation would get back to work “pretty quickly”.

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

Vice-President Mike Pence said coronavirus tests were now available in all 50 states and more than 552,000 tests had been conducted nationwide.

Trump said the US tested more than South Korea, while throwing shade at China’s cases; “You don’t know what the numbers are in China.”

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