New Delhi: Global superpower, the United States on Thursday evening took a grim turn of fate and became the country with the most number of confirmed coronavirus cases, overtaking China and Italy with over 85,088 people testing positive. Also Read - People Will Get Sufficient Time Before Lockdown is Imposed: Maharashtra Minister

The total number of positive cases across the world soared over 500,000 while Italy (80,589) topped the number of deaths, surpassing China (81,285) where the deadly virus was first reported in Wuhan city. Also Read - Migrant Exodus 2.0? Huge Crowds at Mumbai, Delhi Railway Stations Amid Lockdown Scare

According to Worldometers, the website that records confirmed cases of infection and deaths globally, the US surged by at least 16,877 cases in just a single day. A week ago, the number of confirmed cases were 8,000. It has dangerously surged 10 times in the span of a week disrupting lives for billions. Also Read - BREAKING: Bhopal Under Corona Curfew Until April 19. Check What's Allowed, What's Not

US President Donald Trump attributed the spike in COVID-19 cases to the large-scale testing of the disease. He charged at China yet again saying that “no one knows what the numbers are in China”.

Notably, with governments around the world ordering strict lockdowns, a fear of global recession has been knocking at the doors of nations. Taking a united measure, last evening during the G20 summit, major economies of the world pledged for a “robust” support injecting $5 trillion to stave off the global economic collapse.

According to a report, over 3.3 million people in the US applied for unemployment benefits in just one week as job losses and salary cuts swept across sectors from retail to transportation.

The state of New York has become the epicentre of the country’s outbreak nearing 40,000 cases, while New Jersey and California have reported 6,876 and 3,802 cases each.