COVID: Half-million infected worldwide as economic toll rises

Health workers at the main gate of the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, Spain react as people applaud from their houses Thursday in support of the medical staff that are working on the COVID-19 virus outbreak. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Hospital staff pray before joining their shift, outside a hospital setup for coronavirus infected patients in Quetta, Pakistan, Thursday. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

A member of the Brooklyn Hospital Center COVID-19 testing team calls in the next patient in line Thursday in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

A member of the Iranian army walks past rows of beds at a temporary 2,000-bed hospital for COVID-19 coronavirus patients set up by the army at the international exhibition center in northern Tehran, Iran, on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

The human and economic toll of the lockdowns against the coronavirus mounted Thursday as India struggled to feed the multitudes, Italy shut down most of its industry, and a record-shattering 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in a single week. The U.S. surpassed official Chinese government numbers to become the country with most reported infections.