United States now has more coronavirus cases than either China or Italy

The United States has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than any other country in the world, surpassing China, (where the pandemic started). There are now more than 85,000 cases in America, with more than 1250 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The virus emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It has since spread to more than half a million people in almost every country around the world and continues to pick up speed, the World Health Organization warned earlier this week.

Confirmed U.S. cases passed 5,000 last week. At the beginning of the month, there were roughly 100 confirmed cases in the U.S.

Nearly 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment last week as the virus closed businesses and halted Americans normal life across the country.

Thursday, the Senate passed a $2 trillion (highest in US history) relief package to help workers, businesses and the health care system.