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919 people Die in Italy in a Single Day from COVID-19, Confirmed Infection Cases in the US Surpasses 103,000

  • Italy’s death toll from COVID-19 infection in a single day has hit a record target of 919, taking the total death count to 9,134. Italy's Civil Protection Agency has said that the total number of confirmed coronavirus infection cases in Italy is 86,498, surpassing China’s 81,897 total confirmed cases. The worst affected Lombardy region in Italy reported 541 deaths in a day, a sharp increase in fatalities than a day before. In terms of total coronavirus infection cases, the US not only crossed that of China but also became the leading country with more than 103,000 confirmed cases. Till now more than 1,600 people have died in the US from COVID-19. Vice-Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force General John Hyten, has said that they are keeping a close eye on the coronavirus situation across the country. He also said that they have pointed out some concern areas such as Chicago, Louisiana, Florida, and Michigan. The US Senate has passed a $2 trillion economic stimulus bill on Friday, duly signed by the US President Donald Trump. This means that most Americans will receive payments of $1,200 for sailing through the pandemic. With the hospital workers facing a tremendous shortage of medical equipment supplies such as masks and gloves, many experts accuse President Donald Trump-led trade war with China. President Donald Trump has invoked the Korean War-era Defense Production Act and ordered General Motors of making ventilators for coronavirus patients. Meanwhile, the UK PM Boris Johnson has tweeted that he has been “tested positive for coronavirus”. According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), South Korea has reported 146 new coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the total tally of COVID-19 novel coronavirus cases to 9,478. The death toll has reached 144 after the 5 deaths on Friday. South Korea has contained the crisis by taking extreme measures and brought down the curve from a high of over 900 in late February to the current level. China's National Health Commission (NHC) has said on Saturday that the new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections have come down to just 54. Meanwhile, in the epicenter of China's coronavirus disease outbreak, Hubei province (where Wuhan is located), the lockdown has been eased. Chinese President has urged his US counterpart Donald Trump, during a call, that both the countries should improve relations and “unite to fight” the deadly COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Trump acknowledged his talk to his Chinese counterpart and sounded positive while discussing the bilateral relation between the US and China.