The United States of America has become the highest hit country by the COVID-19 pandemic after recording more than 85,500 positive tests.
According to the latest figures collated by Johns Hopkins University, the US has overtaken China which has 81,782 cases and Italy with 80,589 positive cases.
However, with almost 1,300 Covid-19-related deaths recorded, the US falls behind China (3,291) and Italy (8,215)
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump in a letter to state governors on Thursday, March 26 said his team plans to release federal social distancing guidelines that may advise some regions to loosen restrictions.
Mr Trump wrote of a “long battle ahead” and said “robust” testing protocols might allow some counties to lift their safeguards against the coronavirus.
He added that the “new guidelines” would create low, medium and high-risk zones that would allow the government to advise on “maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other mitigation measures they have put in place”.
As of today, there are a total of 537,042 confirmed cases worldwide with 8,215 deaths as well as 123,268 recoveries.
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