Global coronavirus cases hit 1m as deaths pass 50k

Global coronavirus cases hit one million on Thursday, April 2, as deaths passed 50,000.

Currently, there are officially 1,000,938 people across the globe who have tested positive for coronavirus and the death toll stands at 51,375 with the USA recording more than 20 percent of the total infections.

210,244 people have fully recovered globally from the killer virus that has temporarily shut businesses around the world.

The United States currently has 235,747 cases with 5,624 deaths. The USA recorded 20,744 more cases in the last 24 hours.

The US is followed Italy – the worst affected country in Europe – with 115,242 infections and the highest number of deaths – 13,915 – among the 183 countries affected the disease. Spain, one of the hard-hit countries in Europe has 110,238 cases with 10,096 deaths.

South Africa is the worst affected nation in Africa with 1,462 cases and five deaths. South Africa is followed Algeria with 986 cases and Egypt with 850 infections.

Ghana has a total of 204 cases with five fatalities. Several cities around the world are on lockdown to slow the spread of the killer bug.

However, with the rate of infection as high as it is, WHO says there is no doubt the figures will continue to surge in the coming days.

And the health body shared their concern at the “near exponential” growth in the number of confirmed cases across the world, with 183 countries affected.

Speaking at a press conference in Geneva on Wednesday, Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, pointed out that the number of deaths had doubled in the last week alone.

He said: “As we enter the fourth month since the start of the pandemic, I am deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of infection.

 

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM

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