Global corona deaths cross 83,000

Nearly 2,000 die in single day in US

9 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

PARIS: The worldwide number of fatalities from the novel coronavirus rose to 83,000 on Wednesday, according to a tally compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT from official sources.

More than 1,438,290 declared cases have been registered in 192 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 275,500 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP offices from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

Many countries are only testing the most serious cases.

Since 1900 GMT Tuesday, 2,584 new deaths and 41,107 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Nearly 2,000 people infected with the new coronavirus have died in the United States in the last 24 hours, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University as of 8:30 pm Tuesday (0030 GMT Wednesday).

The record daily figure of 1,939 brings the total number of deaths in the US to 12,722, which is approaching tolls in the worst-hit countries so far—Italy with 17,127 dead and Spain with 13,798.

President Donald Trump has defended his response to the crisis, and on Tuesday he blamed the World Health Organization for reacting slowly. It was followed by Spain, with 757 new recorded deaths.

France and Italy, two other countries hit hard by the virus, will update their figures later Wednesday.

Italy, which recorded its first death in late February, has had the most fatalities with 17,127, as well as 135,586 infections and 24,392 recoveries.

Spain has recorded 14,555 fatalities and 146,690 infections. The death toll in the United States is now the third highest, at 12,911 for 399,929 infections—the highest number of cases in the world.

France has reported 10,328 deaths and 109,069 infections, followed by Britain with 6,159 deaths and 55,242 cases.

China—excluding Hong Kong and Macau—has to date declared 3,333 deaths and 81,802 cases, with 77,279 recoveries.

Since 1900 GMT Tuesday, Barbados, Belize and the US Virgin Isles have announced their first coronavirus-linked deaths.

Europe has listed 750,276 cases and 58,627 deaths to date, the US and Canada together have 417,740 cases with 13,309 deaths, Asia 125,215 cases and 4,395 deaths, the Middle East 88,158 cases and 4,234 deaths, Latin America and the Caribbean 39,297 cases with 1,570 deaths, Africa 10,605 cases with 537 deaths and Oceania 7,000 cases with 54 deaths.

Meanwhile, Iran has urged the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to approve a $5bn (£4bn) emergency loan to help fight the coronavirus, as its death toll passed 4,000.

President Hassan Rouhani warned that “there should be no discrimination” in approving requests.

The US reportedly opposes the loan, with officials saying Iran has sufficient funds at its disposal.

Rouhani called the pressure campaign a “historic disgrace”.

President Donald Trump reinstated the US sanctions in 2018 in an attempt to force Iran’s leaders to renegotiate a nuclear deal with world powers, but they have so far refused.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday announced additional payouts to health professionals working on “the frontline” of the country’s fight against the coronavirus.

Putin listed the bonuses as part of new measures to support Russians during the epidemic after health officials reported over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases.

The president also urged the public to be patient with the lockdown to help slow the spread of the infection.