Spain saw the number of deaths surge to 3,434 after more than 738 people died in the past 24 hours, following Italy in overtaking the figure in China, where the virus originated late a year ago.
Deaths linked to COVID-19 in the United States now total more than 800, including almost 200 in New York City alone, according to a database kept by Johns Hopkins.
But financial markets rose after United States leaders agreed a stimulus package worth roughly 10 % of their economy, an injection Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said represented a "wartime level of investment".
As of Wednesday, South Korea had tested around 358,000 people while reporting 9,137 infections and 126 deaths.
European Union leaders are calling for nations to work together.
Health care systems in Europe and NY buckled under the strain, with Spain's death toll climbing to more than 4,000.
In China, 81,661 people have been infected, while 3,285 people have died from the COVID-19 disease.
Europe has thus far registered 2,58,068 cases with half of them being in Spain and Italy, which has recorded 74,386 cases.
"Old people have been abandoned in an astonishing way", she said.
Nurses and doctors demanded action on Tuesday after Spain reported its sharpest daily increase in coronavirus cases.
"Please don't leave us alone". The government wants to increase its supply of the breathing machines from 8,000 to 30,000.
France began evacuating infected citizens from the northeastern hotspot of Alsace using a special high-speed train.
Most people affected by coronavirus had died in Italy, 6.820 by yesterday. "Some centers have already reported dozens of deaths".
This video conference will be held according to a telephone conversation Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had with King of Saudi Arabia Salman Bin Abdullahziz Al Saudi.
Meanwhile, India has announced a "total lockdown" of its population of 1.3 billion people in an attempt to slow down the spread of the virus.
As of Wednesday, China has confirmed 3,285 deaths and 81,661 total infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.