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South Korea virus test-kit makers approved to export to US

  SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — Three South Korean coronavirus test-kit makers have been given the green light to export their devices to the United States, officials said Saturday. The companies won pre-approval under emergency use authorisation from the US Food and Drug Administration that allows for the products to be sold in America, South Korea’s foreign ministry said, without naming the firms. The US has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than anywhere else […]

Why the US is leading the world in confirmed coronavirus cases

  by Issam AHMED Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — From the first known patient in late January to now almost 100,000 infected, the United States has earned the unwanted distinction of leading the world in confirmed coronavirus cases. More than 1,500 people have succumbed to the COVID-19 illness — though for now the death rate remains far lower than Italy and several European countries. How did we get here? And what happens […]

Trump signs $2 trillion recovery plan as US virus cases skyrocket

  by Michael Mathes Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump signed into law Friday the $2 trillion rescue plan to salvage a US economy crippled by the novel coronavirus, on a day the nation recorded more than 100,000 confirmed cases of virus infections. Hours earlier, the House of Representatives passed the package, with lawmakers uniting to greenlight the mega-plan as the world-topping number of US COVID-19 infections surged past 104,000, […]

US coronavirus cases hit more than 104,000 as deaths reach more than 1,600

  (Eagle News) – The United States has more than 104,000 confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 1,600 people dying from the disease, according to a COVID-19 dashboard on global cases of the John Hopkins University. As of Saturday morning, March 28, Philippine time, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US has reached 104,007 while deaths reached 1,689. The most number of deaths so far is in New York City with 450 deaths, […]

China’s President Xi tells US President Trump: China and US must ‘unite to fight virus’

  China and the United States should “unite to fight” the deadly coronavirus pandemic, President Xi Jinping said in a call with Donald Trump on Friday, as he called for the US to improve relations. The two countries have clashed in recent weeks over the virus, and Chinese state media said Xi told Trump he hoped the “US will take substantive actions to improve Sino-US relations.” He also called for the two countries to work […]

US now country with the most COVID-19 cases as record 3.3 million Americans file for unemployment

  (Eagle News) — The United States now has the most coronavirus infections in the world with a record 85,991 cases, overtaking China’s more than 81,000 cases, according to the latest data from the John Hopkins University. The total deaths in the US also increased and hit almost 1,300. US cases took a grim turn as unemployment statistics shot up with more than 3.3 million Americans applying for unemployment. This was by far the highest […]

New York state virus deaths spike to 385, with 100 fatalities reported in the past day

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that the populous US state’s coronavirus death tally has jumped to 385, with 100 fatalities in the past day. New York is at the epicenter of America’s coronavirus battle and the state has now counted 37,258 positive cases, as it scrambles to prepare hospitals and create overflow capacity for an influx of new patients. The grim announcement comes hours after the total […]

Trump to discuss coronavirus with China’s Xi later Thursday

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump said he will speak by phone with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping later Thursday as the United States overtook China as the country with the most coronavirus cases. Trump told a press conference he would be speaking to Xi at 9:00 pm (0100 GMT Friday). With 82,404 cases of infection, the United States has now surpassed virus hotspots China and Italy, according to a tracker run by […]

US has world’s most confirmed coronavirus cases: trackers

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The United States now has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the world, according to data gathered both by Johns Hopkins University and The New York Times. In reaching the grim milestone on Thursday, the country of 330 million people surpassed virus hotspots China and Italy. Johns Hopkins said the US has 82,404 cases, while the Times said there were at least 81,321 people who tested positive […]

Coronavirus pushes 3.3 million to claim US jobless benefits

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic sparked an explosion of Americans filing for unemployment benefits, surging to 3.3 million last week — the highest number ever recorded, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The normally routine report is at the frontlines of the economic crisis caused by the outbreak, which has forced widespread closures of restaurants, shops and hotels and brought airline travel to a virtual halt, prompting the […]

More than 1,000 US coronavirus deaths, near 70,000 cases: tracker

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The number of deaths caused by the novel coronavirus rose to 1,031 in the United States on Wednesday, with 68,572 confirmed cases nationwide, a tracker run by the Johns Hopkins University showed. The tracker had shown 827 just a few hours earlier. The United States has the third-highest number of confirmed cases behind China and Italy, and the US death rate is now 1.5 percent, based on reported cases. The […]

IMF approves $1.3 bilion aid program for Jordan

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The IMF on Wednesday approved a $1.3 billion aid plan for Jordan, made all the more necessary by the global coronavirus pandemic. The program was initially announced at the end of January before the novel virus rocked the world’s economy. “Changes were made to the program to support unbudgeted spending covering emergency outlays and medical supplies and equipment,” the IMF said in a statement. “If the impact of the outbreak […]