Trump says will speak with China’s Xi later Thursday | AFP

President Donald Trump says he will speak by phone with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping later as the United States overtook China as the country with the most coronavirus cases. He’s asked by a reporter if the number of coronavirus cases in the US surpassing those of China surprises him, replying “China, tell us your numbers.” With 82,404 cases of infection, the United States has now surpassed virus hotspots China and Italy, according to a tracker run by Johns Hopkins University. SOUNDBITE

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Coronavirus: New York City becomes a ghost town | AFP

The streets of New York, one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, are empty. There are so far 280 deaths in New York City, a tracker run by the Johns Hopkins University showed.

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