Global coronavirus cases top 1 million — Johns Hopkins tally

Iranian women wear protective masks to prevent contracting the coronavirus, at the Grand Bazaar in Tehran. (Reuters)
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Updated 02 April 2020

Global coronavirus cases top 1 million — Johns Hopkins tally

  • Cases doubled to 1 million within the past eight days
  • The virus has killed over 51,000 globally

BEIJING: Global coronavirus cases topped 1 million on Thursday as the pandemic explodes in the United States and the death toll continues to climb in Italy and Spain, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
The virus has killed over 51,000 globally with the largest number of deaths in Italy, followed by Spain and the United States.
The first 100,000 cases were reported in around 55 days and the first 500,000 in 76 days. Cases doubled to 1 million within the past eight days.
Total cases reported by Thursday grew 10% from a day earlier, the first time the rate has hit double digits since the virus took hold outside China.
There are 117 countries and territories that have reported over 100 cases, 50 with outbreaks of over 1,000 and seven that have reported 50,000 or more COVID-19 cases, mainly in Europe.
The global fatality rate is now over 5% of all reported cases, with countries including the United Kingdom, the United States and Spain reporting a spike in fatalities over recent days.
Around 22% of total cases have been reported by the United States, while Italy and Spain have each reported 11% of global cases. China, where the virus emerged in December, has reported 8% of total cases globally as the epicenter of the pandemic moved to Europe and the United States.
Europe together accounts for over half of cases and more than 70% of deaths linked to the virus, as countries in Southern Europe with higher older age demographics have been hit particularly hard.


UK to make face coverings compulsory on public transport

Updated 17 min 37 sec ago

UK to make face coverings compulsory on public transport

  • “As of Monday 15th of June, face coverings will become mandatory on public transport,” Shapps said
  • “The evidence suggests that wearing face coverings offers some, albeit limited, protection, against the spread of the virus,” he added

LONDON: Face coverings will be compulsory for passengers on buses, trains, aircraft and ferries in England from June 15, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Thursday.
“As of Monday 15th of June, face coverings will become mandatory on public transport,” he told a daily COVID-19 news conference. “That doesn’t mean surgical masks, which we must keep for clinical settings, it means the kind of face covering you can easily make at home.
“The evidence suggests that wearing face coverings offers some, albeit limited, protection, against the spread of the virus,” he added.

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