US overtakes China with largest number of coronavirus cases

27 March 2020 (Last Updated March 27th, 2020 14:11)

The US now has more confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) than any other country with 85,996 cases, surpassing China and Italy.

The latest figures, collated by Johns Hopkins University, show that China currently has 81,897 cases, while Italy has 80,589 cases.

At a White House press briefing on 26 March, US President Donald Trump described the surge of confirmed cases in the US as “a tribute to the amount of testing we’re doing”.

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