The United States of America has recorded the highest casualties in the pandemic deadly disease.
According to the BBC report, US has vertaken Italy and China in numbers of CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) casualties with at least 82,404 positive tests.
The latest figures collated by Johns Hopkins University, the US overtook China (81,782 cases) and Italy (80,589) with more than 1,100 people with Covid-19 have died in the US. The grim milestone came as President Donald Trump predicted the nation would get back to work “pretty quickly”, after 3.3 million layoffs.
At a White House briefing on Thursday afternoon, President Trump said: “They have to go back to work, our country has to go back, our country is based on that and I think it’s going to happen pretty quickly. We may take sections of our country, we may take large sections of our country that aren’t so seriously affected and we may do it that way.”
Trump added: “A lot of people misinterpret when I say go back, they’re going to be practising as much as you can social distancing, and washing your hands and not shaking hands and all of the things we talked about.”
As the US overtook China with the most coronavirus cases, Mr Trump cast doubt on the figures coming out of Beijing, telling reporters “you don’t know what the numbers are in China”.
President Trump denied that the Chinese leader had asked him to “calm down” the language he uses to refer to the pandemic, adding that he would be speaking to President Xi Jinping by phone on Thursday night.
On the aiming at everyone going back to work, President Trump set a 15-day period to slow down the spread of Covid-19 by urging all Americans to drastically scale back their public interactions during this time, but the guidelines were voluntary and did not amount to national order.
The United States Constitution makes clear states have the power for maintaining public order and safety, which scholars say means it is the responsibility of state governors to decide virus-related restrictions, while 21 US states have told residents to stay in their homes in order to contain the pandemic.
President Trump has used federal powers to tackle the outbreak, such as the Stafford Act, which has unlocked tens of billions of dollars in emergency aid. He has also invoked the Defense Production Act, which would allow him to nationalise manufacturing to produce medical supplies, but he has stopped short of actually using those powers.