The United States now has the highest number of known cases of coronavirus in the world with more than 85,594 and 1,300 fatalities, according to official statistics.
The country has more suspected and confirmed cases of coronavirus than China and Italy, with 81,340 and 80,589 respectively.
Meanwhile, The World Health Organization (WHO) said it sees some “encouraging signs” in Europe as there have been lower rates of new infections reported in Italy and a slower rise of fatalities reported in Spain. Most of the coronavirus infections in Europe can be traced back to Italy, which is Europe’s largest largest outbreak site. Spain now ranks fourth, with 57,786 known cases and 4,365 fatalities.
Mainland China, the epicenter of the outbreak, has announced that it will close its borders to foreign nationals from this weekend. Other measures include restricting foreign airlines to a single route with no more than one weekly flight, and each Chinese airline is allowed one route to any specific country with no more than one flight a week.
Chinese President Xi Jinping told world leaders that they need to coordinate and called for a global policy to minimize the social and economic impact this pandemic is having on the global economy, during an emergency virtual G-20 summit on Thursday.
“Countries need to leverage and coordinate their macro policies to counteract the negative impact and prevent the world economy from falling into recession,” President Xi Jinping said, according to an official English-language transcript posted by state news agency Xinhua.
The coronavirus has been detected in at least 171 countries worldwide, according to statistics released by the New York Times.
The global number of known cases of coronavirus has now passed the half million mark with 532,670 cases, and is expected to rise in the days to come. Out of the confirmed cases, there have been 24,092 fatalities and 124,366 have recovered from the virus.