More than 85,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19, crossing Italy, which has reported the most deaths, and China, where the virus was first detected in December in the city of Wuhan.
USA has recorded 1,181 deaths and the global death toll reached 23,296. Yet the worst to come to the US.
“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.
With about 40 percent of Americans under lockdown orders, Trump urged citizens to do their part by practicing social distancing: “Stay home. Just relax, stay home.”
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With fears mounting of a global recession if not depression, leaders from the Group of 20 major economies held crisis talks by video link Thursday, pledging a “united front” to fight the outbreak along with an enormous financial injection.
“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.”
They also pledged “robust” support for developing nations, where coronavirus could next take hold after ravaging China and then Europe.
But the unity pledged by the G20 has been in short supply, with China and the United States trading barbs over their handling of the coronavirus crisis.
As “The virus respects no borders”, yet to seen how US is going to stand against the Novel Coronavirus.