- The U.S has now surpassed China and Italy -- two countries hit hard by the coronavirus
- The world power has reported at least 85,000 reported cases as at Friday, March 27
- China was second with 81,285 cases, and Italy was third with 80,539 cases
Reports say the U.S. has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than any country in the world, surpassing China, where the pandemic began.
There are now more than 85,000 cases in America and nearly 1,300 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
China was second with 81,285 cases, and Italy was third with 80,539 cases.
Experts in America say this is just the beginning as the numbers may rise further.
New research on Thursday, March 26 estimated Covid-19-related deaths in the U.S could top 80,000 over the coming four months.
As many as 2,300 patients could be dying every day by April, according to the study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington's School of Medicine.
Vice-President Mike Pence at a recent news conference said coronavirus tests were now available in all 50 states and more than 552,000 tests had been conducted nationwide.
Over 120,000 people worldwide have recovered from COVID-19, while more than 23,000 people have died.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump and the U.S Senate leaders have reached a 'bipartisan agreement' on a massive $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill for Americans.
The relief package will see people making up to $75,000 a year receiving checks of $1,200, while couples receiving up to $150,000 salaries will receive $2,400.
The bill will also mark out $100billion in assistance funds for hospitals and $350 billion in assistance to small businesses.
In a related development, President Trump's approval numbers are still high as he deals with the coronavirus outbreak, according to the latest Gallup poll.
The poll shows 60 per cent of Americans approve of the president's handling of his actions to combat the virus.
That includes 94 per cent of Republicans and 60 per cent of Independents, while just 27 per cent of Democrats approve of the president's handling of the outbreak.
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