Coronavirus: 200,000 dead worldwide


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While the number of virus cases appears to be stable or declining in some European countries, parts of Africa are still in the early stages of their outbreaks

More than 200,000 people worldwide have died from the coronavirus, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

There are more than 2.8 million confirmed cases of Covid-19, according to the count.

It occurs after the death toll in the United States has exceeded 50,000
, as Americans endure the deadliest epidemic in the world.

State media in China reported the first known virus-related death on January 11. Over 210 countries and territories have since reported cases.

Five countries have now reported more than 20,000 deaths, although the way deaths are counted varies considerably.

The United States, Italy and Spain recorded the highest number of reported deaths.
The UK Department of Health announced on Saturday that more than 20,000 people have died
with coronavirus in British hospitals.

Interior Minister Priti Patel called the figure “a tragic and terrible milestone” and said “the whole nation is in mourning”.

Since the daily UK data does not include people who died at home or in nursing homes, the actual figure is certainly higher.

France, which includes deaths in nursing homes in its statistics, said its balance sheet had increased by 369 on Saturday.

There have been 22,614 deaths from the virus in France since the beginning of March, but health officials say the death rate in hospitals is down and the number of people in intensive care has dropped for the seventeenth consecutive day.

Among the latest developments:

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) says that patients who have recovered from the virus may not be protected from reinfection
  • New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that he will allow independent pharmacies to test for Covid-19. He said he would also expand antibody testing in four hospitals, starting with essential workers. The state has registered more than 16,000 deaths
  • Lockout caused
    an increase in the number of people contacting the Revenge hotline in the UK
    – a government-funded service for adult victims of intimate image abuse
  • Orphanage in Belarus asked for government help
    after 13 children with disabilities and 10 staff members were infected with a coronavirus

Resurgence in certain regions

Earlier this week, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted the increasing trends in Covid-19 cases in Africa, Eastern Europe, Central America and South America.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that while most of the epidemics in Western Europe appeared to be stable or declining, for many countries the disease was just beginning.

“And some (countries) that were affected at the start of the pandemic are now starting to see a resurgence of cases,” he said.

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Secunder Kermani and Anne Soy of the BBC compare the preparation of Asian and African countries

One such country is Singapore, which was first praised for its success in containing the virus, but has since experienced an upsurge in infections linked to industrial sites and workers’ dormitories.

Elsewhere in Asia, Chinese authorities have reported no new deaths for the tenth consecutive day on Saturday, and South Korea has had its second day without death.

Why it is difficult to compare between countries

Statisticians have warned that a death toll may not always provide a complete picture of the epidemic in a country.

The United States, for example, has recorded the highest number of deaths from viruses, but also has a much larger population than most.

With 330 million inhabitants, its population exceeds the total number of people living in the five largest countries of Western Europe – the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Many European countries have reported more deaths per capita than the United States, and Europe as a whole has reported more deaths overall.

Mortality rates also depend on who is counted. Some countries include deaths in nursing homes in their data, giving a more complete picture, while others only count deaths in the hospital where Covid-19 was confirmed.

Belgium has 6,917 deaths out of a population of 11.4 million. More than half of the deaths in the country have occurred in nursing homes for the aged and are largely based on suspected cases, which greatly worsens the country’s data.

To know more about the comparison of deaths, click here


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