Global COVID-19 Infection Cases Surpass 664,000 with 30,800 Total Deaths

  • The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection across the world is more than 664,000. The global death toll is approaching 31,000 (over 30,800 people). Italy is the worst affected country with 889 additional deaths in a single day, taking the death toll to 10,023. Currently, 92,472 confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus infection have been reported, out of which over 12,000 have already recovered. However, the death rate from coronavirus in Italy seems to be significantly higher than other severely affected countries such as China (3,299 deaths out of 81,997 confirmed cases) and the US (just over 1,700 deaths out of 105,470 confirmed cases). Spain is among the worst suffering countries where the number of confirmed cases has increased by 9.1% in a single day to 78,797. With 838 confirmed deaths in the last 24-hours, the death toll in Spain has increased to 6,528. Reports say that 86-years old Spanish Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma is the first royal to die from COVID-19. Germany, another European country, has recorded 52,547 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection and 389 deaths. The latest figures show that there are 19,522 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infections in the UK along with 1,228 deaths. UK government has already imposed a 3-weeks lockdown since Monday and Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has said that the country will have to face a “significant period” of strict measures for coping with the coronavirus outbreak. With the death toll surpassing 2,100 and total COVID-19 infection cases crossing 122,000 in the US, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has issued a travel advisory on Saturday urging residents of New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey to “refrain from nonessential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.” Meanwhile, China has said that just 45 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed on Saturday. Mi Feng of the National Health Commission has said that “China already has an accumulated total of 693 cases entering from overseas”, increasing the possibility of a second round of infections.