Global Coronavirus Cases Pass 1 Million

Global Coronavirus Cases Pass 1 Million

April 3, 2020, 6:54 a.m.

Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University in the United States shows that the global total of confirmed infections from the coronavirus has now topped 1 million.

The worldwide death toll has exceeded 50,000 as Europe reeled from the pandemic and the United States reported a record number of people out of work.

The United States has the largest number of cases at 236,339, followed by Italy at 115,242 and Spain at 110,238.

The virus has claimed thousands more lives, with Spain and Britain seeing the highest number of daily fatalities. A record 950 people died from the coronavirus overnight, bringing Spain's death toll above 10,000 on Thursday. Britain also saw record 569 new deaths in the past 24 hours.

In France, the coronavirus death toll surged to nearly 5,400 on Thursday after the health ministry began including nursing home fatalities (884) in its data.

Italy registered 760 new deaths, with its numbers continuing to fall.

Despite claiming lives, the coronavirus continued to wreak havoc on the global economy, with the U.S. announcing a record 6.65 million workers filed for unemployment benefits last week and Spain reporting its biggest monthly increase in jobless claims ever.

The pandemic caused further disruption to the U.S. election calendar as the Democratic Party announced it was postponing its convention to choose a November opponent for President Donald Trump to August 17.

The decision came after the likely nominee, former vice president Joe Biden, said the convention, originally scheduled for July 13-16 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, would probably need to be delayed.

Also in the U.S., a virus-stricken cruise ship, the Zaandam, which has dozens of ill passengers and crew on board, was finally allowed to dock in Florida after being stranded at sea for weeks.

Sources: Agencies

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