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The US has overtaken China to become the country with the largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the world, with 85,653; its biggest outbreaks are in New York, New Jersey and California.
The latest figures demonstrate that the pandemic’s centre of gravity has shifted from Asia to the west. There are now 532,692 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. But China’s figures, which suggest transmission has all but ended in many regions, omit important categories, prompting doubts about the data.
Presidents Donald Trump of the US and Xi Jinping of China spoke by telephone on Friday, signalling a potential thaw. The US surpassed China on the same day Beijing halted most international flights and temporarily barred almost all foreign nationals in fear of a second wave of infections.
A record 3.3m Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. But…