Coronavirus death toll exceeds 3,000 globally

Coronavirus death toll exceeds 3,000 globally
Fans at the Real Madrid match this weekend were not taking any chances against the deadly coronavirus. Source: Getty Images
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Daily us Times: The number of people died by the coronavirus has exceeded 3,000 as China reported 42 more deaths. More than 90% of the deaths are reported in Hubei, the place where the virus emerged last year. South Korea, Iran and Italy have been suffering the worst outside of China and the coronavirus death toll is rising in these countries.

If the death number count, Iran and Italy are the worst affected countries so far. Iran confirmed 50 deaths while Italy 34. There have also been deaths in 10 other countries, and cases reported more than 55 countries.

There have been 90,000 confirmed cases outside of China and Coronavirus death toll is also rising. Concern raises across the globe as the numbers outside China growing faster than inside China.

World Health Organization said on Sunday that most patients have only mild symptoms and death rate appears to be between 2% and 5%.

Other strains of coronavirus, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), have much higher death rates than Covid-19.

What is the global situation?

The growth of the virus declined in China, but the rest of the world has seen a sharp increase in infections. Italy became the Europen hotspot of the virus as the number of infections doubled in 48 hours, the head of the country’s civil protection body said on Sunday.

In the country, there have been 34 deaths reported with 1,694 confirmed cases. Amazon confirmed two of its employees in Italy have tested positive for the virus and are under quarantine.

The UK confirmed 36 cases and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called an emergency Cobra committee for Monday.

South Korea has seen 26 deaths and remains the biggest hotspot outside China. On Monday it reported 476 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 4,212.

Of the confirmed cases, 3,081 cases are from Daegu – and 73% of these cases have been linked to the Shincheonji Church. Members of the group are believed to have infected one another and then travelled out around the country.

The group has been accused of keeping its member’s names secret what made it harder to track the outbreak.

But Kim Shin-chang, from the church, they helped authorities by providing a list of members, students, and buildings to authorities.

“We were worried about releasing this information because of the safety of our members,” Mr Kim said. He also said that his group was “persecuted” in South Korea.

South Korea’s capital Seoul’s mayor urged the city’s 10 million residents to work from home and to avoid gatherings.

Iran, on the other hand, said on Sunday that it had 978 infections and 54 deaths.

Countries like Luxembourg, Qatar, Ireland, and Ecuador all confirmed their first cases over the weekend, and Indonesia followed on Monday.

The US reported its second death. The latest patient is also from Washington like the previous one.

What has WHO said?

On Sunday, WHO said the virus appears to particularly affect those over 60, and people already ill. The organization said, “oxygen therapy is a major treatment intervention for patients with severe Covid-19”.

In the first large analysis of more than 44,000 cases from China, the death rate was ten times higher in the very elderly compared to the middle-aged.

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