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US briefing: US has most Covid-19 cases in the world, as NY begs for help | US news

Good morning, I’m Molly Blackall with today’s essential stories.

US has more coronavirus cases than any other country

Donald Trump at a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in the press briefing room of the White House.

Donald Trump at a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in the press briefing room of the White House. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The US now has the highest number of confirmed cases of any country in the world, surpassing Italy and China. There are 85,991 cases across the US and the death toll has reached 1,296, according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University. So far, 753 people are confirmed to have recovered. Donald Trump said the increasing numbers in the US were “a tribute to the amount of testing”, and expressed doubt over China’s figures.

  • Unemployment. The number of people filing claims for unemployment reached a record high last week. The figures rose from 3 million to 3.28 million on the previous week, beating the previous record of 695,000 in October 1982.

  • Donald Trump. David Smith explores how the economic fallout of Covid-19 will affect the president’s hopes for re-election.

  • Fact check. Are face masks useless? Coronavirus claims debunked.

New York governor lashes out at Congress over lack of support

The New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, railed at Congress for failing to provide aid to his state in the coronavirus crisis. He said the $2.2tn stimulus package passed by the Senate on Wednesday did not offer enough support to New York, which had more than 37,258 cases and 385 deaths by Thursday. The state needs 87,000 more hospital beds, 37,000 more intensive care beds, and 26,000 more ventilators than it normally has in its system.

  • Ventilators. They have become critical in the fight against coronavirus, but what are they and how do they work?

  • New Orleans. Fifteen years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has become one of the worst-affected places in the outbreak in the US. Oliver Laughland speaks to residents.

  • Georgia. Intensive care unit beds in Atlanta have already reached capacity, said the mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms. She said the city’s healthcare system could collapse, with nearly one in six of Georgia’s cases – now above 1,200 – in the Atlanta metro area.

  • Follow state-by-state developments with our US coronavirus map.

Millions of Britons clap for carers

Millions of Britons step out to clap for NHS staff on coronavirus frontlines – video report

Millions of people across the UK stepped out on to their doorsteps or leaned out of windows to join a national round of applause for frontline healthcare workers. Videos show clapping, cheering and the clattering of pots and pans echoing across the country at 8pm local time, with emergency services workers including police and firefighters standing together to applaud the UK’s National Health Service. Landmarks across the county were lit up in blue, the colour of the NHS.

  • Mexico. A Mexican state governor has prompted outrage and bafflement after claiming poor people are immune to coronavirus. Miguel Barbosa, the governor of Puebla, made the comments in response to reports that many of Mexico’s coronavirus cases came from wealthy people who had travelled abroad.

  • Bosnia. Authorities plan to move thousands of migrants to a remote camp in a village close to the border with Croatia to try to prevent the spread of Covid-19. NGOs have raised concerns over living conditions in the camp, including access to water, heat and electricity, and reports that migrants will not be allowed to leave.

And in other news…

Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro

Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has been accused of collaborating with a former Colombian guerrilla group. Photograph: Yuri Cortéz/AFP via Getty Images
  • The US has charged the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, and 14 of his close associates with crimes including drug trafficking and money laundering. The attorney general, William Barr, announced a $15m reward for information leading to Maduro’s capture and prosecution and accused the president and his inner circle of collaborating with a former Colombian guerrilla group, described as an “extremely violent terrorist organization”. The accused include Venezuela’s defence minister and supreme court’s chief justice.

  • Scientists have discovered a bacterium that feeds on and breaks down toxic plastic waste. The discovery is the first of its kind and marks an important step in efforts to break down plastic waste, which is mostly sent to landfill as it is too difficult to recycle. Meanwhile, rightwing thinktanks have been accused of using fears around coronavirus to fight bans on plastic bags.

  • Israel’s biggest opposition party appears to have split after its leader, Benny Gantz, won the support of his rivals to be elected as the parliament’s speaker. The election has been widely seen as the start of a power-sharing deal to form an emergency government with the longtime prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and could see Gantz and Netanyahu taking turns as prime minister. Factions of Gantz’s Blue and…

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