COVID-19 Update: Death Toll Hits Over 411,000 Worldwide, 7.23 Million Infected

By Abimbola Ogunnaike with agency report

John Hopkins University has disclosed that death toll of COVID-19 worldwide has hit 411,000, while cases of infection now have passed 7.2 million mark.

Since the disease caused by (COVID-19) emerged in Wuhan, China late last year , a total of 3,370,369 people have recovered.

Presently, the largest numbers of cases are in the United States, followed by Brazil, and Russia.  The countries with the highest numbers of fatalities are the US, the UK, and Brazil.

Europe, has been recording a rise in the number of new cases.

Latin America has now become the new epicentre of the virus, with Brazil and Chile having registered the largest number of cases there.

Here is the latest about the COVID-19 pandemic from around the globe:

Brazil

Brazil has restored data on the outbreak to its official national website, after a decision to remove the information triggered outrage and prompted a Supreme Court judge to order the government that the full set of information be reinstated.

The government removed months of data on the epidemic on Saturday, triggering allegations that it was trying to mask the severity of the outbreak — now the world’s second-largest, after the United States.

The official website reverted to showing cumulative totals of deaths and infections — as well as breakdowns by state — as it had done before.

The latest daily numbers uploaded on the site, show a total of 739,503 confirmed cases with 38,406 deaths.

Chile

Chile’s Ministry of Health  has confirmed 3,913 new cases for the past 24 hours on Tuesday.

The figures brought the South American country’s total to 142,759 cases, with 2,283 deaths.

Argentina

Argentina recorded over 1,000 new daily cases of COVID-19 for the first time on Tuesday.

The Health Ministry said it had logged 1,141 new cases in the past 24 hours, as well as 24 deaths.

According to the ministry,the figures pushed the country’s totals to 24,761 cases and 717 deaths.

Mexico

Mexico’s health officials said a peak of the COVID-19 outbreak could come in weeks, as the country had already started to reopen its economy.

“We still haven’t reached the maximum point,” said Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell.

According to the Mexican Health Ministry, at least 596 people lost their lives to the infectious disease on Tuesday, taking the total to 14,649.

With some 4,199 new cases, the caseload topped 124,301.

US, Canada

The two countries are likely to extend restrictions on non-essential travel to late July.

Reuters report said although the governments had not yet taken a final decision, a further extension was highly likely.

The ban was introduced in March and was renewed in April and May.

The restrictions, currently due to expire on June 21, do not affect trade.

Across the US, over 111,000 people have died of the disease and 1,979,411 others have been infected.

Canada has reported 7,970 deaths and 98,241 cases as of Tuesday.

China

China reported three more cases of the viral infection for Tuesday, the National Health Commission said on Wednesday.

It said all the new confirmed cases involved travelers from overseas.

The tally of confirmed cases has now reached 84,198, with the death toll being unchanged at 4,634.

Australia

Australia says it is on, A public health official said on Wednesday. That the country is on course to largely eradicating its outbreak by July

Meanwhile, the country’s most populous state, New South Wales, said it would resume community sports like netball and cricket from July 1.

Officials reported seven new cases overnight in the eastern states, three in NSW and four in Victoria, bringing the nationwide cases to 7,274, with a total number of 102 fatalities.

 Pakistan

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended that Pakistan re-impose “intermittent lockdowns” of targeted areas to contain its outbreak, as new cases have increased in the country.

The government lifted its lockdown on May 9, citing economic reasons.

A total of 108,316 cases and 2,172 deaths have been recorded in Pakistan so far.

India

India’s Health Ministry reported some 9,985 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 274 deaths for the past 24 hours on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the government started to reopen restaurants, shopping malls, and religious sites in most of its states after more than two months of a lockdown.

The country has recorded 276,583 cases — the fifth highest in the world — and 7,745 fatalities overall.

Malaysia

Malaysia will begin reopening schools from late this month, according to the country’s education minister, after the government said that the outbreak had come under control.

The government also began lifting most restrictions on movement and businesses on Wednesday.

Malaysia has so far reported 8,336 cases and 117 deaths.

Russia

Russia reported 8,404 new cases of coronavirus infection and 216 related deaths on Wednesday.

The figures took the nationwide tally of infections to 493,657, and that of fatalities to 6,358, according to the Russian coronavirus crisis response center.

Bulgaria

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. Has said that Bulgaria will extend emergency rules until the end of June, amid an increase in new registered cases, according to

The country has relaxed restrictive measures, allowing restaurants and shopping malls to reopen.

Borissov said on Wednesday that the government did not plan to introduce new restrictions for the time being but appealed to people to keep social distancing.

Bulgaria has reported 2,889 cases and 167 deaths, nationwide.

Turkish

Turkey has so far reported 172,114 confirmed cases of the viral infection and 4,729 related deaths.

Africa

The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of known cases in the 54-nation continent topped 202,000.

The continent has now registered 202,782 cases and 5,516 deaths.

South Africa tops the chart with 52,991 cases, with almost two-thirds of them having been recorded in the Western Cape Province.

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