KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 – The United States now has the greatest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the world at over 83,500, more than Italy and China.
“According to the latest figures collated by Johns Hopkins University, the US has overtaken China (81,782 cases) and Italy (80,589),” the BBC reported.
“But with 1,200 Covid-19-related fatalities, the US death toll lags behind China (3,291) and Italy (8,215).”
Twenty-one states in the US have been advised to reduce movement and stay at home for 15 days to curb the spreading.
But the instructions are more of a guideline than an order, and is not compulsory for the citizens to follow.
US President Donald Trump will revoke the stay-at-home guidelines on April 12.
“They [the American people] have to go back to work, our country has to go back, our country is based on that and I think it’s going to happen pretty quickly,” Trump said.
“We may take sections of our country; we may take large sections of our country that aren’t so seriously affected and we may do it that way.”
“A lot of people misinterpret when I say go back – they’re going to be practising as much as you can social distancing, and washing your hands and not shaking hands and all of the things we talked about.”
According to US Vice-President Mike Pence, coronavirus testing facilities were now available in all 50 states and more than 552,000 tests had been conducted nationwide.