Official COVID-19 death toll in the USA overtakes China

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Three members of the five-strong coronavirus task force, which has been updating the nation on the epidemic via daily briefings televised from the palace, have also tested positive. Spain has recorded the second-highest death toll worldwide, after Italy. The number of fully recovered continued rising, reaching 22,647, a jump of more than 3,400, according to Spain's Ministry of Health.

According to the data of the World Health Organization, coronavirus cases have been confirmed in more than 200 countries and territories.

Spain has reported a new record of 864 deaths in one day while total infections broke the 100,000 mark, making it the third country to surpass that milestone behind the United States and Italy.

Undertakers wearing protection masks to protect from the coronavirus, carry a coffin to a burial at Salvador cemetery during the coronavirus outbreak, near to Vitoria, northern Spain, March 30, 2020.

Like many countries, the Spanish health care system is stretched to its limit by a massive influx of seriously ill patients and a growing number of medical staff falling sick themselves.

China, where the disease first emerged in December, registered 48 new cases over the past 24 hours for one death.

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"Anyone who says this situation is a New York City-only situation is in a state of denial", Cuomo said.

Italy's death toll climbed to almost 11,600. There are now a total of 9,053 deaths in Spain, with a further 5,872 Spaniards in intensive care.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.

Italy added another 4,782 virus infections to bring its official total to 110,574 on Wednesday.

Meanwhile in Asia, where the disease began, the spread continues, although in China it seems for now to have passed its peak.

Japanese automaker Toyota halted production at its auto plants in Europe, but all of its factories in China resumed work today.

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