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Coronavirus: Worldwide deaths pass 100,000

By May 26, 2020 No Comments

The number of people worldwide who have died after testing positive for coronavirus has passed 100,000.

The grim milestone was reached on the day the UK reported its highest single increase since the outbreak began, surpassing the worst 24-hour totals recorded by Spain and Italy.

Those two countries have still seen more deaths from COVID-19 than any others in Europe.

According to Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking figures recorded by each government, the top five countries with the highest number of coronavirus fatalities are:

  • Italy – 18,849
  • US – 18,002
  • Spain – 15,970
  • France – 12,210
  • UK – 8,958
A patient arrives at a Barcelona ICU.
Inside Spain’s coronavirus ICUs

Due to a lag between confirmed cases of the disease and those who pass away, the number of deaths is expected to continue rising significantly for some weeks to come.

Regarding the situation in the UK, where 19,304 have tested positive for COVID-19, deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said the country was still in a “dangerous phase”.

“It’s still a dangerous situation, we have to keep taking measures to bring this under control,” he said.

“It’s premature to say we are at a peak and the push we are making with social distancing just has to continue.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has previously said that keeping the death count under 20,000 would be a “good result”.

The US and the UK have seen more deaths than any other countries in recent days, with the rate of increase having been slowing over the past week or so in Italy and Spain.

On 18 March he wrote a message to Boris Johnson asking him to "urgently" ensure PPE for "each and every NHS worker in the UK".
Children of doctor who died with COVID-19 pay tribute

The countries with the most confirmed cases are:

  • US – 475,749
  • Spain – 157,053
  • Italy – 147,577
  • Germany – 119,624
  • France – 118,790

Donald Trump told his latest coronavirus news briefing on Good Friday that the US was now leading the way on coronavirus testing, having carried out two million tests.

The US president told reporters at the White House that hospital admissions were going down “substantially” and suggested the country was “near the peak” of its outbreak.

Coffins holding victims of COVID-19
Unclaimed virus victims in NY buried in mass grave

While he said the number of people dying was “horrible”, Mr Trump claimed “thousands of lives” are being saved because of social distancing measures.

He said the final toll should be “substantially below” the 100,000 mark, with his scientific adviser Dr Anthony Fauci having previously indicated there could be as many as 200,000 deaths.

Most of the deaths so far – more than 5,800 – have been in New York, where mass graves have been dug for victims without any family.

New data suggests Americans who are black or hispanic are twice as likely to die from COVID-19.

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