Half Million Infected Worldwide, Deaths Toll surged past 24000 Globally
The number of coronavirus cases reached a half-million worldwide on Thursday, as deaths continued to climb.
As per latest reports, at least 530,000 people have COVID-19 around the globe, with the death toll mounting past 24,000, according to a running count by Johns Hopkins University researchers.
The United States now has more coronavirus cases than any other country with close to 86,000 infections. which includes around 1300 deaths and more than 1800 recoveries.
Around the globe, the death toll rose to about 8,200 in Italy, 4,300 in Spain, 3300 in China, 2,200 in Iran, 1700 in France, 650 in UK, 430 in Netherlands & 250 in Germany.
So far, more than 120,000 people worldwide have recovered from the virus, according to the Johns Hopkins tally.
More than 3 Billion people around the globe are under lockdown.
From New York’s Fifth Avenue and London’s Piccadilly Circus to the boulevards of Paris and the streets of Rome and Madrid, restaurants, hotels, airlines, giant chains and small shops are all shuttered, and factories across both continents have ground to a halt, as cities, states and entire countries have ordered the closing of nonessential businesses and instructed people to stay home.
In the Mideast, Saudi Arabia announced a total lockdown on the capital, Riyadh, and Islam’s two holiest cities, Mecca and Medina, in addition to a nationwide curfew. In the United Arab Emirates, authorities announced an overnight weekend lockdown and used drones to tell people to stay home.
South Africa, with the most industrialized economy in Africa, headed into a three-week lockdown starting Friday. The country is already in recession, with an unemployment rate of 29%.
In Brazil, the country’s governors are defying President Jair Bolsonaro over his call to reopen schools and businesses, dismissing his argument that the “cure” of widespread shutdowns is worse than the disease. As of Thursday, the country had more than 2,500 cases and 59 deaths.
Companies in Europe are laying off workers at the fastest pace since 2009, according to surveys of business managers. And Britain unveiled another relief effort, this time aimed at the gig economy, many of whose workers are facing financial ruin. The government will give the self-employed grants equal to 80% of their average profits, up to 2,500 pounds ($2,975) per month.
Featured Image: Temporary 2,000-bed hospital for COVID-19 coronavirus patients set up by the army at the international exhibition center in northern Tehran, Iran. Source: MehrNewsAgency