Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in US exceeds 735,000

# 13:11
19 April 2020

The number of people who have contracted COVID-19 in the United States has risen by almost 34,000 to over 735,000 within the past 24 hours, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, APA reports.

The cumulative number of coronavirus cases stands at 735,287 and a total of 39,090 people died from complications related to the virus.

The number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases worldwide stands at 2,330,406 with 160,925 deaths.

US President Donald Trump earlier announced that Washington would no longer be funding the World Health Organisation (WHO), having accused the latter of failing to report accurately on the coronavirus as it emerged in December, thereby impeding the global response to the pandemic.