US tops 2.5 million coronavirus cases: Johns Hopkins tracker | AFP

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States surpasses more than 2.5 million according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University. There were 2,500,419 confirmed cases in the US, according to the Baltimore-based university as of 5:30 pm (2130 GMT). ANIMATED GRAPHIC

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US coronavirus death toll tops 100,000: Johns Hopkins | AFP

The United States has now recorded more than 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths, Johns Hopkins University reports — a somber milestone and by far the highest total in the world. IMAGES

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Timelapse: Construction of hospital for coronavirus patients in Panama | AFP

A 100-bed hospital “Panama Solidario” has been constructed for patients seriously ill with the coronavirus in Panama City. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, Panama had more than 3,700 cases and 109 deaths as of Thursday.

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US coronavirus death toll tops 30,000: tracker | AFP

The confirmed coronavirus death toll in the United States surpasses 30,000 on Thursday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The tracker says 30,990 people have now died in the country from COVID-19 since the start of the global health crisis. ANIMATED VIDEO

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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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