More than 1000 U.S. coronavirus deaths, near 70000 cases

Patients wait in line to enter Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York

Patients wait in line to enter Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York

With cases continuing to tick up dangerously in NY, the US also reported 1,000 deaths from the coronavirus on Thursday.

The grim milestone was achieved on Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, which puts the USA at 82,404 cases of the virus, surpassing Italy at 80,589 and China at 81,782.

The grim milestone came as President Donald Trump predicted the nation would get back to work "pretty quickly", after 3.3 million layoffs.

While fatalities remain higher elsewhere, experts say new infection numbers show that many more Americans will die - and the true number of cases could be much higher than the official figure due to shortages of test kits.

However, the USA still remained number-six in the world for most deaths with 1,093, behind Italy, Spain, China, Iran and France respectively.

The US president denied that the Chinese leader had asked him to "calm down" the language he uses to refer to the pandemic.

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This daily government tally only accounts for those dying in hospital, but authorities said they would soon be able to compile data on deaths in retirement homes, which is likely to result in a big increase in registered fatalities.

Across the Atlantic in the United States, unemployment surged to a record high.

The global death toll is more than 21,000 with Italy and Spain to hardest hit countries. In the US, only 1,864 patients have recovered, and 1,163 have died.

To halt the virus' spread, people in many USA cities and states are under some form of lockdown order.

In what seemed like a rare positive sign, stocks rallied on Wall Street for the third straight day after an unprecedented US$2.2 trillion economic rescue package to help businesses, hospitals and ordinary Americans pull through the crisis cleared the Senate.

On Friday, the legislation will go to the House, where it is expected to pass.

In New York, the state's death toll jumped by 100 in one day, pushing the number to 385, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

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