WASHINGTON: The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed more than 24,000 lives around the world on Friday, with 531,860 cases. With 85,653 confirmed cases the United States has now surpassed China which had 81,782.
The United States took the grim title of the country with the most coronavirus infections and reported a record surge in unemployment, according to AFP.
More than 83,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the US, edging out Italy, which has reported the most deaths, and China, where the virus was first detected in December 2019 in the metropolis of Wuhan.
The US has recorded close to 1,200 deaths while the global death toll has surpassed 24,000.