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Global Coronavirus Cases Exceed 1.5 Million As Pakistan’s Spike Continues

Global Coronavirus Cases Exceed 1.5 Million As Pakistan’s Spike Continues

The number of Covid-19 cases in the world has crossed 1.5 million with the United States and the United Kingdom suffering the highest number of deaths in a single day since the outbreak began. Global deaths due to the virus have surged past 88,000 while recoveries stand at over 330,000.

The speed of coronavirus deaths has shocked doctors as New York toll hits new high. Both USA and Spain are approaching a bleak 15,000 fatality mark surpassed only by Italy that has reported nearly 18,000 deaths so far. With almost 11,000 and 7,000 deaths respectively, France and UK are also scrambling to contain the pandemic and its deadly impact. Iran’s toll has also crossed the 4,000 mark as the virus shows no signs of abating there too.

Pakistan Covid-19 cases have exceeded 4,350 with 63 deaths reported so far. The fatality rate, however, is not as high in Pakistan or other less developed countries of South Asia and Africa as it is in some of the most developed economies.

After seven new recoveries were reported from Islamabad on Thursday, the national recovery tally has climbed to 689. Experts are finding out whether the TB vaccine is the reason behind Covid-19’s less deadly effect is the underdeveloped world.

A staff member of Odyssey House Louisiana (OHL), which runs a drive-through testing site for the coronavirus disease, waves to passing vehicles to try to alert the community about testing taking place at OHL in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image Source: Reuters

Wednesday marked the 100th day since China, on 31 December 2019, first reported cases of pneumonia caused by a hitherto unknown coronavirus to the World Health Organization. Since then Billions of people are confined to their homes and stock markets have plummeted

The official death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Iran has passed 4,000, the country’s health ministry reported on Thursday, after 117 more people were confirmed to have died from the disease in the past 24 hours. Kianoush Jahanpour, the health ministry spokesman, said the total death toll in the Islamic republic was now 4,110, while 32,309 had recovered, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). In total, the country has reported 66,220 confirmed cases since its outbreak – the worst so far in the Middle East – began. Of those, 3,918 people are still in a critical condition, Jahanpour said.He added that 231,393 tests have so far been carried out.

The number of daily coronavirus-related deaths in Spain slowed on Thursday as 683 fatalities were recorded in 24 hours. The total of people who have succumbed to the virus now stands at 15,238, the health ministry said. Confirmed infections across the country rose to 152,446 from 146,690 on Wednesday.

German medics take care of one of two French patients infected with the novel Covid-19 upon arrival at a little airport near Nordhausen/Harz. Image Source: AFP

Russia has reported a record one-day rise of 1,459 new cases of Covid-19, bringing its national total to 10,131. The number of reported related deaths also increased by 13 to 76 on Thursday, the national coronavirus crisis response centre said.

Italy may start to lift current lockdown restrictions by the end of April if the spread of the disease in the country continues to slow. On Wednesday, there were 542 coronavirus-related deaths in Italy, lower than 604 the previous day. The death toll now stands at 17,669. The number of people in intensive care also declined from 3,792 to 3,693.

The UK’s daily death toll is nearing that of the highest daily figures reported in hard-hit Italy and Spain. On Wednesday, 938 fatalities were announced, bringing the total to 7,097.

A man jogs in an empty Paris street on Wednesday. Image Source: AP

German cases climb for third straight day. The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Germany rose by 4,974 in the past 24 hours to 108,202 on Thursday, climbing for the third straight day after four previous days of drops, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed. The reported death toll rose by 246 to 2,107.

Japan’s health ministry said Thursday that the country had more than 500 new cases for the first time on Wednesday, bringing the national total to 4,768 excluding hundreds from a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo earlier this year.

Africa has more than 10,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, 562 deaths and 1,149 recoveries, according to a Reuters tally based on government statements and WHO data.

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