Coronavirus updates: the United States outperforms China and Italy as the nation with the most confirmed cases World | news

The United States has now passed China, which has 81,782 confirmed cases and 80,589 confirmed cases in Italy according to the latest data collected by Johns Hopkins University. More than 1,100 people with Covid-19 have now died in the United States. However, President Donald Trump still wishes to loosen guidelines on social distancing for some parts of states.

When the United States overtook the Chinese president, Trump simply questioned the numbers that came out of Beijing.

He told reporters, “You don’t know what the numbers are in China.”

Trump said he would speak to President Xi Jinping on the phone on Thursday evening.

The President of the United States continues to focus on the economy as he promises to bring the nation “back to work fairly quickly” in the latest press conference after 3.3 million layoffs across states.

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The United States now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country (Image: GETTY)


At least 82,404 in the United States tested coronavirus positive (Image: GETTY)

Trump said: “They have to go back to work, our country has to go back, our country is based on this and I think it will happen fairly quickly.

“We could take sections of our country, we could take large sections of our country that aren’t so badly affected and we can do it this way.”

He added: “Many people misunderstand when I say go back, they will practice socially as much as possible, in washing their hands and not in shaking hands and all the things we talked about.”

In a letter to state governors on Thursday, Trump said his team plans to publish federal guidelines on social distancing that could advise some regions to ease restrictions.

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Trump has questioned the numbers coming out of Beijing (Image: GETTY)

Trump wrote of a “long battle ahead” and said that “robust” test protocols could allow some counties to increase their guarantees against coronavirus.

According to the president, the new guidelines will create low, medium and high risk areas.

These areas will therefore allow the government to advise on “maintaining, increasing or easing the social distances and other mitigation measures they have put in place”.

Trump urged Americans to drastically scale back their public interactions during this period.

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The President of the United States continues to focus on the economy as he promises to get the nation back to work fairly quickly (Image: GETTY)

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Trump’s team plans to publish federal guidelines on social distancing which may advise some regions to ease restrictions (Image: GETTY)

However, the guidelines were voluntary and did not constitute a national order.

Currently 21 of the 50 states in the United States have told residents to stay in their homes to contain the pandemic.

Trump’s public officials and allies had previously warned that it is unwise to mitigate measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Scott Gottlieb, Trump’s former director of the Food and Drug Administration, warned: “One should not lose on anyone that there is no functioning economy and society as long as COVID-19 continues to spread uncontrolled in our larger cities.”

The importance of social distancing

The importance of social distancing (Image: EXPRESS)

Donnald Trump had previously said that his decision to ease restrictions on coronavirus in the United States would be based on “facts and data”.

Speaking to reporters in the White House on Tuesday, President Trump said he mostly didn’t expect to have to use the Defense Production Act, but would do it as needed.

Trump raised expectations that the national shutdown that closed the business could be lifted by Easter in just 19 days.

“It’s such an important day for other reasons, but I’m going to make it an important day for that too,” Trump said at a Fox News virtual town hall in the White House Rose Garden.

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Trump said that “robust” test protocols could allow some counties to increase their guarantees (Image: GETTY)

“I would like the country to be open and rarely to go to Easter.”

Furthermore, during a press conference in the White House, Trump said his administration is developing a “sophisticated” plan to “reopen” the economy.

He said, “based on the best science, the best modeling and the best medical research anywhere in the world.”

According to reports, the President of the United States told the public that “we are certain that every decision we make is based solely on the health, safety and well-being of our citizens.”

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