United States among worst hit globally as coronavirus deaths top 1000

A police officer mans the entrance to a coronavirus testing center in Hansen Dam Park in Pacoima CaliforniaMore

A police officer mans the entrance to a coronavirus testing center in Hansen Dam Park in Pacoima CaliforniaMore

Spain reels: The country has now recorded more deaths than China - only Italy has more. Rickshaw drivers, produce peddlers, maids, day labourers and other low-wage workers form the backbone of the economy, and many live day to day on their wages and have no savings to fall back on.

Most of the countries concerned, including Argentina, Britain, France, India and Italy as well as many USA states, have imposed mandatory lockdown measures.

The US is now just narrowly behind China and Italy at 80,021 cases, and has seen more than 1,000 deaths, 385 of them in New York State. The Senate late Wednesday approved a historic US$2 trillion rescue plan to respond to the economic and health crisis caused by the pandemic. Italy has suffered the most fatalities from the virus worldwide, with more than 7,500 deaths as of Thursday. In the United Arab Emirates, authorities announced an overnight weekend lockdown and used drones to tell people to stay home. In the US, more than 61,000 people have tested positive and over 890 have died of the disease.

Farah Khan's strong message for celebrities sitting at home is worth seeing
Among other activities, Bollywood celebrities have been working out like insane while passing their time in self-quarantine. Introducing herself the filmmaker said, "Since everyone is making videos I also thought of making one".

The flu and pneumonia caused around 60,000 deaths. While Johns Hopkins says a total of 619 across the country are confirmed to have recovered from the disease, that number is likely much, much higher, given that many people who contract the virus only experience mild symptoms and are never tested for the disease.

Long reported from Washington, Rising reported from Berlin and Schmall from New Delhi.

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