Global Death Toll from COVID-19 Pandemic Reaches 647,098

  • Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracker shows that the global death toll has reached 647,098. The highest death toll has been reported in the United States (with around 146,000 fatalities) and Brazil (with around 87,000 fatalities). On Saturday, Florida overtook New York to become the US state with the second-highest number of COVID-19 infections. Florida’s coronavirus infection cases increased by 12,199 in a single day, taking the state’s overall tally to 414,511. An investigation by Spanish newspaper El País has revealed that the actual death toll in Spain maybe 60% higher than that of the official numbers. The investigating journalists had counted the regional statistics of both confirmed and suspected COVID-19 deaths and found out that the total reached 44,868 deaths (far more than the official Spanish government record of 28,342 deaths. El País’s figures are roughly similar to that of the National Epidemiology Centre and National Statistics Centre (INE). If the findings of the Spanish newspaper come true then it would make Spain the second most affected county in Europe, in terms of COVID-19 deaths, after the United Kingdom. Spain’s health ministry hasn’t responded yet to the claims. Meanwhile, Spain’s Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya has said on Sunday that “Spain is safe, it is safe for Spaniards, it is safe for tourists.” The foreign ministry also said that the coronavirus outbreak is under control in Spain especially after Britain announced 14-day quarantine on all travelers returning from Spain. After the local authorities detected four new locally-transmitted coronavirus cases in Vietnam, social distancing measures have been reintroduced in Vietnam’s city of Danang. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has urged citizens to remain “extra vigilant” as the daily rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases increased more than 48,000 cases in 24 hours, taking to total infections to more than 1.4 million and over 30,000 total deaths. Morocco has announced a new lockdown in some of its main cities (including Marrakech, Casablanca, Tangier, Meknes, and Fez) till August 10.