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U.S. outnumbers China in number of reported COVID-19 cases Updated: 2020-03-27 17:06:34 KST

The United States has more reported COVID-19 cases than any other country outnumbering the figures coming out of China and Italy.
According to latest data by Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. reported more than 85,500 COVID-19 cases including some one,300 deaths.
The lack of broad testing in the early stages of the epidemic, a shortage of masks and protective gear for medical staff and not enough ventilators for the critically ill are cited as main reasons for the surge in cases in the U.S.
The Trump administration says it's receiving recommendations from advisers on the coronavirus as well as ways to reignite the U.S. economy with President Trump pressing to re-open the economy by Easter.

"We will vanquish this virus and lot of progress has been made but 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, I think it's going to happen pretty quickly."

President Trump said he's to personally see a Navy hospital ship this weekend that's to arrive in Manhattan on Monday to help in the battle against the coronavirus.
On Twitter, President Trump said he discussed the coronavirus outbreak in "great detail" with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, and President Xi told President Trump that he would have China's support in fighting the virus.
This comes after China, which had criticized the U.S. for shutting its borders, said it would temporarily close its own border to most foreign travelers, effective this Saturday to prevent a surge in imported cases.
The restriction also applies to foreigners holding resident permits and visas.
China's foreign ministry said the ban will not affect those with diplomatic visas, and said foreigners coming to China for necessary humanitarian, economic, trade, scientific or technological activities may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates.
In response to Beijing's move, Seoul's foreign ministry expressed deep regret, saying it was not notified in advance and that it's currently assessing the situation and the adverse effects of the measures on the South Korean people.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.
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