Global coronavirus cases have exceeded 2 million with the US infection and mortality numbers surpassing other worst-hit nations by the thousands. With over 644,000 cases, the US is about half a million infections ahead of Spain, the second most affected country. Italy, that holds the second spot in global coronavirus fatalities, has been surpassed by the US by 5,000 deaths with its toll now reading over 28,000.
On Tuesday, US coronavirus deaths rose by a single-day record 2,228 to the top 28,300, as officials debated how to reopen the economy without reigniting the outbreak. On Wednesday, France's death toll also rose by record 1,438 in the biggest single-day increase as a number of nursing homes reported cumulative tolls following the three-day Easter weekend. Spain’s daily death toll, however, slipped to 523 from the 567 reported on Tuesday.
While Pakistan also sees a steady rise in cases with its tally now at over 6,500, fears loom that the virus cases may be potentially underreported here. CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah in a shocking revelation on Wednesday pointed to an alarming rise of DOA (dead on arrival) and near-death cases reported lately by hospitals in Sindh. Most of these cases, he said, exhibited COVID-19 symptoms. Numbers from the Edhi Foundation also supported the claims.
While the number of new COVID-19 cases is slightly easing in some parts of Europe, including Italy and Spain, outbreaks are still growing in Britain and Turkey, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. “The overall world outbreak, 90 percent of cases are coming from Europe and the United States of America. So we are certainly not seeing the peak yet,” WHO spokeswoman Dr. Margaret Harris said.