U.S. Coronavirus Cases Top 80,000

New coronavirus infections in the U.S. surged to more than 80,000 Thursday, quickly closing in on Italy and China as the world’s hardest hit country, as the economic impact of the world-wide pandemic reared its head, with a record number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits last week.

China said Thursday it will close its borders to nearly all foreigners and drastically slash international flights in a bid to curb the reintroduction of the fast-spreading coronavirus from abroad.

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