Confirmed COVID-19 cases top 630,000, deaths surpass 30,000 worldwide

EYEAFRICA TV: Beijing, China: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide had reached 638,146 and the death toll from the disease reached 30,105 as of Sunday night (17:00 GMT), as the pandemic has spread in 202 countries and regions globally, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The COVID-19 outbreak continued to ravage Europe, with the death toll in the region climbing to over 21,000 out of more than 360,000 confirmed cases. Many countries have expanded stockpile of medical materials and continued to strengthen prevention and control measures.

The pandemic had claimed 10,779 lives in locked-down Italy by Sunday with the cumulative total infections reaching 97,689, 5,217 above the level recorded a day earlier, according to new data released by the country’s Civil Protection Department.

A total of 756 COVID-19 patients died over the last 24 hours, the second consecutive fall in the death toll after reaching an all-time high on Friday.

Of the 73,880 Italians currently infected by the virus, 42,558 are recovering at home, while 27,386 are hospitalized with symptoms and 3,906 are in intensive care.

Spain saw the highest single-day fatalities from COVID-19, with 838 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, showed the daily figures published by the Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Services on Sunday.

The death toll between Saturday and Sunday is six more than the previous tally between Friday and Saturday, bringing the total death tally to 6,528 since the first death in the country was confirmed on March 3.

Meanwhile, the country detected 6,549 new COVID-19 patients, pushing the total number of confirmed cases to 78,797.

Madrid continues to be the worst affected part of Spain as the virus has claimed 3,082 victims (47 percent of all deaths in Spain) and infected 22,677 in total.

On Sunday, the Spanish government ordered to suspend all non-essential production work from March 30 to April 9 and the workers engaged in these fields are asked to stay at home and enjoy a paid leave.

The coronavirus outbreak has infected 2,599 more people and killed 292 others in France, General Director of Health Jerome Salomon said on Sunday.

A total of 40,174 positive cases were confirmed, of which 2,606 died, while 19,354 others were hospitalized, up by 10 percent in the last 24 hours. Besides, a total of 7,132 infected people have recovered since the virus has been spotted on Jan. 24.

By canceling non-essential operations and organizing recovery and operating rooms, hospitals in the country now offer 10,000 beds, double the capacity when the outbreak began. The government plans to add 14,500 beds.

A total of 19,522 COVID-19 cases had been confirmed in Britain as of Sunday morning, marking an increase of 2,433 in the past 24 hours, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.

As of Saturday afternoon, some 1,228 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 died, said the department.

Meanwhile, a letter from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will land on the doorsteps of 30 million households across Britain from next week.

In the letter, Johnson outlines the guidance everyone should follow and the measures the government has put in place to fight coronavirus and to support businesses and workers.

The health ministry also announced that strategic coordination centers are being set up across the country to provide medical materials and equipment for medics working at frontline. So far, the government has offered 170 million masks, 42.8 million gloves and 2.3 million pairs of goggles to 58,000 medical institutions.

In Switzerland and Liechtenstein, 14,336 confirmed COVID-19 infections had been reported as of Sunday while the death toll from the virus reached 257, according to the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

The Swiss Federal Railways announced on the same day that due to the pandemic in Italy, it will suspend all passenger trains from Switzerland to Italy until further notice. The company also said freight rail services between the two countries would not be affected.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States has topped 140,000, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE).

As of Sunday night, the country had registered more than 142,000 confirmed cases, with 2,479 deaths, an interactive map from the CSSE showed. New York State has the most cases, which have exceeded 59,000, according to the update.

A Syrian woman died upon arrival at a hospital in the capital Damascus on Sunday and further examination proved that she died of COVID-19, which is the first known death case of the novel coronavirus in the country, said the Syrian Health Ministry.

Four new coronavirus cases were registered in Syria, bringing the total number of the infections to nine, the health ministry said on Sunday.

Over the past 10 days, the Syrian government has taken several measures, including a partial curfew, to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Japan’s health ministry and local governments said on Sunday that the total number of COVID-19 infections in Japan has risen to 1,799. Of the new cases, 68 were confirmed in Tokyo, the second consecutive day the capital city logged more than 60 cases.

The death toll in Japan currently stands at a total of 65 people, including 10 from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship. Of the infections, the majority are still in the capital city of Tokyo, which has confirmed more than 430 cases.

In Colombia, the number of confirmed cases increased to 702 as of Sunday morning local time, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection reported, with ten deaths.

Authorities in several cities across the country have begun to adapt exhibition centers and other large venues for receiving future coronavirus patients.

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