The United States now has more coronavirus cases than any other country with close to 84,000 ones, according to Johns Hopkins University, pushing the total around the world to more than 526,000 as the death toll inches closer to 24,000 as of early Friday.
There were more than 81,700 known cases in China and 80,500 in Italy.
Over 122,000 people worldwide have recovered from COVID-19, while more than 23,700 people have died.
Italy reported the highest death toll with more than 8,200 deaths.
In India, where the country’s 1.3 billion people were under orders to stay home, legions of poor were suddenly thrown out of work and many families were left struggling for something to eat.
Here are the latest updates:
Brazil’s governors pressed President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday for more federal support in the coronavirus battle after he blasted them as job-killers and undermined their orders with a decree keeping churches open at the evangelical preachers’ request, the Associated Press news agency reported.
In a public letter, Brazil’s governors argued that the federal government had not done enough to fund the fight against the virus that has infected about half a million people globally.
Bolsonaro has increasingly echoed the view of US President Donald Trump that jobs should be prioritised over restrictive measures to slow the outbreak, as world health experts suggest.
“Tourism has plummeted to zero,” he said on a Facebook Live broadcast on Thursday night. “Nothing is working. This wave of panic and hysteria is bigger than the virus itself.”
Confirmed coronavirus cases in the US reached 83,500 as of late Thursday, more than any other country, overtaking Italy and China, the Johns Hopkins University tally showed.
China had 81,782 cases, and Italy had 80,589 cases.
I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur with Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
Read all the updates from yesterday (March 26) here.
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