COVID-19 Deaths near 750,000 as Global Infections Surpass 20.6 million

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The Johns Hopkins University tracker in the United States have recently recorded 749,421 known coronavirus deaths globally.

The record shows that the world nears the milestone of 750,000 dead in nearly eight months since the first coronavirus cases were reported. Total cases now number more than 20.6 million.

The virus, also known as COVID-19, which emerged in Wuhan, China last December, has spread to at least 177 countries and regions around the globe, with over 36,000 deaths worldwide.

COVID-19 Deaths near 750,000 as Global Infections Surpass 20.6 million
COVID-19 Deaths near 750,000 as Global Infections Surpass 20.6 million

More than 158,000 people diagnosed with the virus have so far recovered globally.

Italy, Spain, China and Iran continue to be the hardest-hit countries in terms of death counts, but the U.S. tops the list of the highest number of confirmed cases – 132,637 – a number that foreshadows a possible spike in casualties within weeks, according to epidemiology experts.

Italy has seen the most deaths with 11,591 fatalities out of more than 101,000 cases, while Spain has reported 7,340 deaths and over 85,000 confirmed cases. China, ground zero of the virus, followed Spain with over 3,300 deaths and over 82,100 cases.

Meanwhile, the death toll in Iran reached 2,757 and the total number of cases in the country surpassed 41,400.

Many countries have restricted flights from the worst-affected countries and imposed lockdowns as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a pandemic and Europe its new epicenter.

As at 13th of August, Nigeria records 373 new cases of COVID-19, 10 Deaths which amounts it to 48,118 cases.

 

 

 

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