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.

This comes after the death toll in the United States has surpassed 50,000, as Americans endure the deadliest epidemic in the world.

On January 11, Chinese official media reported that the first known death was linked to the virus. Over 210 countries and territories have since reported cases.

The UK Department of Health announced today that more than 20,000 people have died from coronavirus in UK hospitals.

Interior Minister Priti Patel described the figure as “a tragic and terrible step” 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 in the country say that the death rate in hospitals is falling and that the number of people in intensive care has dropped for the seventeenth consecutive day.

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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