Global Coronavirus Cases Near Million, with 200,000 in US only
Spain recorded its highest daily death toll as announcement came on Wednesday, another 864 people died taking nations tally cross 10,000 mark while infections jumped to 102,136, up from 94,417.
The coronavirus death toll in the UK rose by 563 in 24 hours, according to the health ministry, a record jump that brought the number of patients who died in hospital to 2,352.
Meanwhile, Iran’s death toll exceeded 3,000 with 138 new fatalities as the United Nations chief warned the pandemic is the “worst crisis” to face the world since World War II.
China says it has around 81,000 infections, and 3,300 deaths.
The United States, which now accounts for almost a quarter of reported global infections, logged its 5,000th death overnight and the number of confirmed cases surpassed 200,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
At his daily briefing on Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said his state accounted for more than 83,000 of the total coronavirus infections and 1,941 of the deaths. Neighboring New Jersey was the second-hardest hit state, with more than 18,000 cases and 267 deaths. Nearly 16 percent of the New York Police Department’s uniformed force is now out sick. More than 1,000 officers have tested positive for the virus.
Half the planet is under some form of lockdown as governments struggle to tamp down a virus that has killed tens of thousands of people. Those restrictions, while necessary for health, risk causing global food shortages, experts have warned, as supply chains gum up and panic buying sparks export controls.
The death toll from COVID-19 continued its relentless march upwards, with more than 46,000 people known to have died worldwide, as per reports on Wednesday night.
The new coronavirus has chiefly affected the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions, but a number of recent cases have highlighted that it can affect people from all walks of life. The dead have included a 13-year-old in France, a 12-year-old in Belgium and 13-year-old Ismail Mohamed Abdullah in Britain, whose family said the “gentle and kind” boy had no underlying health issues.
World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the disease’s rapid spread was alarming. “Over the past five weeks, we have witnessed a near exponential growth in the number of new cases, reaching almost every country,” he said. “The number of deaths has more than doubled in the past week. In the next couple of days, we will reach one million confirmed cases and 50,000 deaths.”
Britain and France both reported their highest daily death tolls from COVID-19 on Wednesday, although there were signs the epidemic could be peaking in Europe. Italy’s death toll, the highest in the world, climbed past 13,000, while Spain surpassed 10,000.
Having already caused the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to be postponed for a year, the pandemic on Wednesday claimed its latest sporting victim as the Wimbledon tennis tournament was shelved. The cancellation of the world’s oldest Grand Slam tournament, for the first time since World War II, leaves the season in disarray, with no tennis set to be played until mid-July.
But the loss of sporting events in the developed world paled in comparison with the hardships imposed on those in poorer parts of the globe, where lockdowns were threatening whole communities. The macroeconomic impacts of such measures could be far-reaching, experts warned.
The Food and Agriculture Organization, WHO and World Trade Organization said panic buying could threaten food supplies. “Uncertainty about food availability can spark a wave of export restrictions, creating a shortage on the global market,” they said.