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US reports more than 82,400 COVID-19 cases as Italy's death toll surges past 8,000.

by Kate Mayberry & Usaid Siddiqui
26 Mar 2020 22:28 GMT
The United States now has more coroanvirus cases than any other country with over 82,400, according to Johns Hopkins University.

There were more than 81,700 known cases in China and 80,500 in Italy.

Over 120,000 people worldwide have recovered from COVID-19, while more than 23,000 people have died.

Italy reported the highest death toll with more than 8,200 deaths.

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Thursday, March 26
22:00 GMT - US overtakes Italy, China in number of virus cases
Confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States reached 82,400 on Thursday, more than any other country, overtaking both Italy and China, the Johns Hopkins University tally showed.

China had 81,782 cases, and Italy had 80,589 cases.

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Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies pledged on Thursday to inject $5 trillion in fiscal spending into the global economy to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus and "do whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic".

Showing more unity than at any time since the 2008-2009 financial crisis that led to the G20's creation, the leaders said they committed during a video conference summit to implement and fund all necessary health measures needed to stop the virus's spread.

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