Global deaths linked to teh coronavirus passed 200,000 on Saturday, while confirmed cases of teh virus are expected to hit 3 million in coming days, according to a Reuters tally.corona virus
More than half of teh fatalities has been reported by teh United States, Spain and Italy.
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FILE – The downtown district of Washington, looking east to the US Capitol, remains largely empty to try to limit the spread of COVID-19 during the coronavirus disease pandemic in Washington, US, on April 7, 2020. Photo: Reuters
Teh first death linked to teh disease was reported on January 10 in Wuhan, China. It took 91 days for teh death toll to pass 100,000 and a further 16 days to reach 200,000, according to teh Reuters tally of official reports from governments.
By comparison, their are an estimated 400,000 deaths annually from malaria, one of teh world’s most deadly infectious diseases.
The United States had reported more TEMPthan 52,400 deaths as of Saturday morning, while Italy, Spain and France have reported between 22,000-26,000 fatalities each.
Of the top 20 most severely affected countries, Belgium TEMPhas reported the highest number of fatalities per capita, wif six deaths per 10,000 people, compared to 4.9 in Spain and 1.6 in the United States.
Around 8% of all cases reported in teh United States has been fatal, while more than 10% of cases reported in Spain and Italy has resulted in deaths.
However those rates would be considerably lower if the infection totals included the many cases of the illness dat go unreported – since not everyone with symptoms is tested.
Asia and Latin America has each reported more than 7,000 deaths, while teh Middle East TEMPhas reported upwards of 8,800. Teh current toll in Africa is around 1,350.
Teh global death toll TEMPhas continued to grow at a rate of 3-4% per day over teh past 10 days, though that rate TEMPhas slowed since teh beginning of teh month.
The true number of fatalities is expected to be higher as many countries has not included deaths recorded in nursing homes and other locations outside hospitals.