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US overtakes Italy as country with highest number of coronavirus deaths

Published on April 12, 2020 7:00 AM
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The United States has recorded a total death toll of 20,071, surpassing Italyâ??s death toll of 19,468.

Cases in the US topped 522,000 on Saturday.

Spain, the European country with the most reported coronavirus infections, has confirmed 510 new deaths, the lowest daily toll since March 23, when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

The worldwide death toll is now more than 107,000, with the number of infections worldwide topping 1.7 million, including more than 396,000 recovered patients.

The Pentagon said it is using its authority under the Defense Production Act to boost the supply of N95 masks.

The American military will spend $133m to increase US domestic N95 mask production by over 39 million over the next 90 days, Lieutenant Colonel Mike Andrews said in a statement.

This is the first time the Pentagon is using the Korean War-era law to address coronavirus needs ...