Covid-19 death toll passes 20000, three billion under lockdown

Cheryl Sanders
March 26, 2020

With 3,434 fatalities, Spain now has the second-highest number of deaths globally after Italy's 6,820, in an outbreak that has seen a Madrid skating rink turned into a makeshift morgue and dozens dead in overwhelmed nursing homes across the country. China has registered 2 deaths/million while it is 124 in Italy.

As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic spreads throughout Europe and existing infrastructure and services become strained by the disease, death rates are quickly beginning to rise.

The global death toll from the novel coronavirus surpassed 20,000 Wednesday, according to figures compiled by US -based Johns Hopkins University.

The number of coronavirus cases increased by a fifth overnight to 47,610 on Wednesday.

Some 5,400 Spanish health workers have been infected during the pandemic, more than 13% of all cases, according to the Ministry of Health.

Coronavirus cases are also spreading in the Middle East, where Iran's death toll topped 2,000, and in Africa, where Mali declaring its first case and several nations announced states of emergency.

It recorded 738 deaths in 24 hours, the most casualties in a single day since the outbreak began.

Spain is now on its 11th day of a nationwide lockdown.

Wall Street stocks surged early Wednesday as markets awaited a Senate vote on a two trillion USA dollars package to boost the US economy ravaged by the coronavirus outbreak.

Hubei, a central province that is home to some 60 million people, had announced on Tuesday that it was removing travel restrictions at midnight.

A total of 21,283 deaths have now been reported in 182 countries and territories.

The announcement came as Spain saw the number of deaths surge to 3,434 after more than 738 people died in the past 24 hours, overtaking the figure in China where the virus originated late a year ago.

In India, the number of cases jumped to 606 with 10 deaths.

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