Cocid-19

Worldwide coronavirus cases pass 1.5 million mark

Daily monitoring service Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Centre has confirmed that the cumulative global total of positive Covid-19 cases stands at 1,502,618. 

Worldwide coronavirus cases pass 1.5 million mark
DOUGLAS MAGNO AFP

Daily monitoring service Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Centre has confirmed that the cumulative global total of positive Covid-19 cases stands at 1,502,618 at the time of writing.

The global pandemic maintains its ability to spread with the virus at a staggered stage in various parts of the world.

As a semblance of normal daily life begins to resume in many Chinese cities and a number of European nations such as Spain, Germany, Austria and Denmark seeing the 'curve' flatten, many other nations have yet to reach their peak with daily infection and mortality rates increasing in the likes of the USA, UK, Brazil and Russia.

United States positive cases

With 435,000 positive cases the United States represents almost a third of the total global infection level with the virus having upended life across the country, shutting down large portions of the economy. Some 94% of Americans are under stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the respiratory virus, which has killed more than 14,800 individuals.

A man wearing a facemask as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus walk past a wall painted with images of US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (L) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar

Italy and Spain are two of the European states to have suffered at the hands of the Covid-19 virus with both nations under total lockdown since early and mid March. Both countries have the highest fatality rate (more than 17,000 and 15,000 respectively) as a consequence of the virus but recent days have seen a drop-off in the number in new infections and death rates.

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