Italy’s toll surges past 8,000 as first wave of mass layoffs from the coronavirus hits the United States.
The number of declared coronavirus cases in Europe topped 250,000, more than half of which are in hard-hit Italy and Spain.
Spain registered 655 fatalities from the coronavirus – down from more than 700 on Wednesday, while Italy reproted 662 deaths.
More than three million Americans filed new claims for unemployment insurance last week amid the coronavirus pandemic, breaking the previous record as the first wave of layoffs batter the US economy.
More than 510,000 people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. Over 120,000 have recovered, while more than 22,000 people have died.