Coronavirus cases surpass 60000 in USA; Spain death toll overtakes China

Germany's coronavirus death toll rises to 111

More than 1,000 people in the USA have died from the novel coronavirus so far, reaching a four-digit figure for the first time. With more than 69,000 cases, the United States has the third-highest national total behind Italy and China.

The tracker showed 600 deaths around 24 hours earlier.

The true number of infected people is believed to be far higher, meaning the real death rate would be lower. Its rate of new infections has slowed significantly, with 81,285 cases, 3,287 deaths, 74,051 recovered. At the start of March, with extremely limited testing available, only 70 cases had been reported in the country, majority tied to overseas travel.

Thirteen of those deaths occurred at a single hospital in Queens on Wednesday. That figure surged when India - the world's second most populous country - imposed a strict lockdown on its 1.3bn citizens at midnight Southern Europe remains at the epicentre of the pandemic.

New York State suffered the most deaths in the country at 366, 280 of which occurred in New York City. Healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients said they are struggling to get tested for the disease and say they're running desperately short of personal protection equipment. Washington state has reported 100 and New Jersey 44, respectively. The county, which encompasses Seattle, was where the first confirmed case of the virus occurred in the U.S. About 30 of the deaths in the county can be traced to a single nursing home.

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