US overtakes China and as nation with most confirmed cases of #CoronaVirus

The US has now overtaken China, who has 81,782 confirmed cases and 's 80,589 confirmed cases according to the latest figures collated by Johns Hopkins University. More than 1,100 people with Covid-19 have now died in the US. However, President Donald still wishes to relax social distancing guidelines for some parts of the states.

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As the USA overtook China President simply cast doubt on the numbers coming out of Beijing.

He told reporters: "You don't know what the numbers are in China".

Mr said he would be speaking to President Xi Jinping by phone on Thursday night.

The US President continues to focus on the economy as he vowed to get the nation "back to work pretty quickly" in the latest press conference after 3.3 million layoffs across the states.

Donald TrumpThe US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country (Image: GETTY)

CoronavirusAt least 82,404 in the US have tested positive for the coronavirus (Image: GETTY)

Mr said: "They have to go back to work, our country has to go back, our country is based on that and I think it's going to happen pretty quickly.

"We may take sections of our country, we may take large sections of our country that aren't so seriously affected and we may do it that way."

He added: "A lot of people misinterpret when I say go back, they're going to be practicing as much as you can social distancing, and washing your hands and not shaking hands and all of the things we talked about."

In a letter to state governors on Thursday, Mr said his team plans to release federal social distancing guidelines that may advise some regions to loosen restrictions.

Donald Trump cast doubt on the numbers coming out of Beijing (Image: GETTY)

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Mr wrote of a "long battle ahead" and said "robust" testing protocols might allow some counties to lift their safeguards against the coronavirus.

According to the president the new guidelines will create low, medium and high risk zones.

These zones will then allow the

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