Coronavirus death toll climbs to 200,000 worldwide

Coronavirus death toll climbs to 200,000 worldwide
While most of the epidemics in Western Europe appeared to be stable or in decline, for many countries the disease was just getting started. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: According to Johns Hopkins University data, more than 200,000 people worldwide have now died with the coronavirus, while there are more than 2.8 million confirmed cases of Covid-19.

The United States endures the world’s deadliest outbreak, where more than 52,000 people have died.

The virus was originated from China last year. Chinese state media reported the first known death linked to the virus on 11 January, but since late last year, the virus has spread 210 countries worldwide and made the world a standstill.

Five countries have now recorded more than 20,000 deaths although the way fatalities are counted varies widely.

The US, Italy, and Spain have faced the most deaths, though US is far ahead than the two. On Saturday, UK’s Department of Health announced that more than than 20,000 people had now died with coronavirus in UK hospitals.

The figure described as a “tragic and terrible milestone” by Home Secretary Priti Patel and said, “the entire nation is grieving”.

UK’s true figure is certain to be higher because its daily data does not include people who die at home or in nursing homes.

France, on Saturday, said that its toll had risen by 369. The country does include deaths in care homes in its statistics.

Since the start of March, there have been 22,614 virus deaths in France, but health officials say the mortality rate in hospitals is falling, and the number of people in intensive care has dropped for the seventeenth consecutive day.

Resurgence in some regions

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

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

He said: “Some (countries) that were affected early in the pandemic are now starting to see a resurgence in cases.”

One such country is Singapore, which was initially praised for its success in containing the virus, but has since seen a surge of infections linked to tightly packed worker dormitories and industrial worksites.

People are extremely suffering worldwide due to this virus.

Why it’s difficult to compare between countries

A reported death toll may not always give the full picture of a country’s epidemic, statisticians have cautioned.

For example, the US has seen the most virus deaths of any individual country but also has a far larger population than most.

The US has a population of 330 million, its population exceeds the total number of people living in the five largest countries in Western Europe – Germany, Spain, Italy, France, and the UK.

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