Coronavirus: Half-million infected worldwide as economic toll rises

Ruben Hill
March 27, 2020

A tally by Johns Hopkins University showed Thursday evening that more than 82,400 cases have been reported in the US and almost 81,800 cases have been confirmed in China.

Louisiana is poised to become the next hotspot, with cases there surging by more than 500, for a total of over 2,300, with 86 deaths, including a 17-year-old, the health department said.

US President Donald Trump said he was likely to be speaking with President Xi Jinping of China later in the day and cast doubt on Beijing's figures about coronavirus cases.

Since the first case of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, in December, the deadly virus has quickly spread worldwide, prompting the World Health Organization to declare a public health emergency, and later, a global pandemic.

About 200 people across the country died of the disease on Wednesday - including a stunning 88 people in New York City alone.

Almost a third of the world's population are living under coronavirus-related movement restrictions after more than 487,000 people were infected by the virus and more than 22,000 died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

As the number of infections around the globe reached a half-million and world leaders held a video summit to grapple with how long to keep the economy at a standstill to help flatten the rising curve, the damage to people's livelihoods and their well-being started to come into focus.

Number quadruples the 1982 record; Fox Biz Flash: 3/26.

On Friday, the legislation will go to the House, where it is expected to pass. Reports of new cases from inside the country have stopped.

-In New York, the state's death toll jumped by 100 in one day, pushing the number to 385, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. As of Thursday, the country had more than 2,500 cases and 59 deaths.

That includes 23,700 deaths and more than 121,000 recoveries, the Baltimore, Maryland-based education institution's running tally indicated.

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