Coronavirus Pandemic

Global coronavirus death toll reaches quarter million: Johns Hopkins University

Filed on May 5, 2020
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(Reuters file)

There are over 3,578,000 reported cases globally.

The worldwide death toll from the novel coronavirus passed 250,000 on Friday - increasing by over 100,000 deaths since April 17 - reported Deutsche Presse-Agentur, DPA, citing data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The United States continues to outpace the rest of the world in reported deaths at 68,689 - nearly doubling since 17th April - followed by Italy at 29,079, Britain at 28,809 and France at 25,204.

China, where the first outbreak was reported in late 2019, has 4,637 confirmed deaths, however, public health experts have questioned the credibility of Beijing's tallies.

There are over 3,578,000 reported cases globally, according to Johns Hopkins.

The rising death toll comes as US President Donald Trump has repeatedly revised upwards his estimates of how many Americans will die from the pandemic, from around 50,000 to nearing 100,000 people.

The deadly virus was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan, and on March 11, the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a global pandemic.

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