The United States on Thursday took the title of the country with the most coronavirus cases and reported a record surge in unemployment as world leaders vowed $5 trillion to stave off global economic collapse.
More than 500,000 people around the world have now contracted the new coronavirus, overwhelming healthcare systems even in wealthy nations and triggering an avalanche of government-ordered lockdowns that have disrupted life for billions.
In the United States, more than 83,000 people have tested positive for Coronavirus, edging out Italy, which has reported the most deaths, and China, where the virus was first detected in December.
The US has recorded 1,178 deaths, while the global death toll stood at 23,293.
With about 40 per cent of Americans under lockdown orders, Trump urged citizens to do their part by practising social distancing
“Stay home. Just relax, stay home,” he said.
State-by-state figures published late on Thursday showed that New York, New Jersey and California have the biggest outbreaks.