Global corona deaths cross 76,000

1,364,737 infected worldwide; 11,000 died in US so far

8 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

PARIS/WASHINGTON: The worldwide number of fatalities from the novel coronavirus rose to 76,482 on Tuesday, reports AFP.

At least 1,364,737 declared cases have been registered in 191 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 253,900 are now considered recovered.

Since 1900 GMT Monday, 2,359 new deaths and 40,077 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Americans were put on notice Monday not to let up in the fight against the coronavirus, as a grim milestone of 10,000 deaths cast a pall over the first signs of optimism about the outbreak’s trajectory.

The United States has emerged as one of the world’s worst-hit nations, with a steadily mounting number of fatalities and millions facing the possibility of economic ruin.

Authorities began the week by telling frightened communities to brace for one of the worst periods yet in an outbreak that has not yet reached its peak.

Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University, which has been keeping a running tally of coronavirus numbers, said more than 368,000 US cases had been confirmed, with 10,986 deaths by late Monday.

Meanwhile 1,150 deaths also recorded in the US in the last 24 hours, according to the university.

Only Italy (16,523) and Spain (13,341) have seen more of their citizens killed by the pandemic.

The latest figures from Italy are due later Tuesday, but the country that recorded its first coronavirus death at the end of  February has so far recorded 16,523 fatalities.

It has 132,547 infections and 22,837 people have recovered.

Spain has recorded 13,798 fatalities and 140,510 infections.

The death toll in the United States stands at 10,993 and 368,449 cases—the highest number of cases in the world.

France has reported 8,911 deaths and 98,010 infections, followed by Britain with 5,373 deaths and 51,608 cases.

Both countries will update their situation later Tuesday.

China—excluding Hong Kong and Macau—has to date declared 3,331 deaths and 81,740 cases, with 77,167 recoveries.

Since Monday, Benin, Madagascar and Malawi have announced their first coronavirus-linked deaths.

Europe has listed 708,951 cases and 53,928 deaths to date, the US and Canada together have 384,947 cases with 11,332 deaths, Asia 122,348 cases and 4,308 deaths, the Middle East 81,952 cases and 4,083 deaths, Latin America and the Caribbean 35,842 cases with 1,353 deaths, Africa 10,005 cases with 493 deaths and Oceania 6,962 cases with 45 deaths.

There was a glimmer of hope, however, in New York, the main focus of the US outbreak, where there have been more than 4,750 deaths statewide and 130,000 cases.