US, Italy and Spain record the highest number of reported fatalities of Coronavirus

US, Italy and Spain record the highest number of reported fatalities of Coronavirus

The US, Italy and Spain have recorded the highest number of reported fatalities of Coronavirus. The UK's Department of Health announced on Saturday that more than 20,000 people had now died with coronavirus in UK hospitals. There are more than 2.8 million confirmed cases of Covid-19, according to the tally. It comes after the number of fatalities in the US passed 50,000, as Americans endure the world's deadliest outbreak.

On 11 January, Chinese state media reported the first known death liked to the virus. More than 210 countries and territories have since reported cases.

Five countries have now reported death tolls above 20,000 although the way fatalities are counted varies widely.

Home Secretary Priti Patel described the figure as a "tragic and terrible milestone" and said "the entire nation is grieving".

As the UK's daily data does not include people who die at home or in nursing homes, the true figure is certain to be higher.

France, which does include deaths in care homes in its statistics, said its toll had risen by 369 on Saturday.

There have been 22,614 virus deaths in France since the start of March, but health officials say the mortality rate in hospitals is falling, and the number of people in intensive care has dropped for the seventeenth consecutive day.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says patients who have recovered from the virus may not be protected against re-infection.

New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will authorise independent pharmacies to carry out tests for Covid-19. He said he would also expand screening for antibodies at four hospitals, starting with essential workers. The state has recorded more than 16,000 deaths

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Earlier this week, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted upward trends in Covid-19 cases in Africa, Eastern Europe, Central America and South America.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that while most of the epidemics in Western Europe appeared to be stable or in decline, for many countries the disease was just getting started.

"And some (countries) that were affected early in the pandemic are now starting to see a resurgence in cases," he said.

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