COVID-19 UPDATE: The United States records world lead in coronavirus cases and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for the disease

According to, 587,713 international cases of the coronavirus have been reported as of Friday, including 26,909 deaths, and 132,440 recoveries. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has put almost a third of the world’s population under coronavirus-related restrictions. The US now has the most known cases of coronavirus worldwide, passing China and Italy, according to data from the World Health Organization. There have been 85,356 total cases of the coronavirus reported in the US as of March 27 – with cases being reported in all 50 states and four US territories – and consequently 1,246 deaths. Due to this pandemic, the economy has been dramatically shaken, with 3.3 million unemployment claims being filed in the US last week – the highest number of initial claims in US history. However, a coronavirus response package valued at over $2 trillion was approved by the House and signed by the President Friday afternoon. ~

Many notable figures have tested positive for the coronavirus, the latest being UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Many of his top officials tested positive as well. Johnson announced his diagnosis in a video on social media, and he said he will continue to lead the UK government from self-isolation in his apartment. Also in the UK, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II’s son and heir to the British throne, tested positive and is self-isolating in Scotland. The first celebrity to go public with positive results was Tom Hanks, and many other stars have come forward with their diagnosis such as Idris Elba, Andy Cohen, Rita Wilson, and The Bachelor’s Colton Underwood. Senator Rand Paul is the first Senator to test positive for the coronavirus, according to NBA players Kevin Durant, Marcus Smart, Donovan Mitchell, and Rudy Gobert have all tested positive. ~

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