Global coronavirus cases pass 2.5 million as US tally nears 800,000

More than 2.5million people are now infected with coronavirus around the world

  • Worldwide coronavirus infections have surpassed 2.5 million, new figures state
  • Total tally includes over 170,000 deaths, two-thirds of which reported in Europe
  • US cases of infection are nearing 800,000 and deaths have reached 42,458 
  • It compares to 3mill to 5mill cases of severe illness caused by seasonal influenza 
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

Global coronavirus infections have surpassed 2.5 million today, including more than 170,000 deaths.

US cases are nearing 800,000 and two-thirds of the worldwide tally have been reported in Europe, the data reveals.

Some 80 per cent of worldwide virus cases are in Europe and the United States, according to the new figures.

Recorded infections currently stands at 2,503,429 with 172,551 deaths around the world. 

Europe, the most affected continent, has 1,230,522 official infections and 108,797 fatalities, while the US, the country where COVID-19 is spreading most rapidly, has 788,920 cases and 42,458 deaths.

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A volunteer from the non-profit association DYA disinfects stretchers in the rain near the Hospital Complex of Navarra to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Pamplona today 

However these figures likely reflect just a fraction of the actual number of cases, as many countries only test the most serious cases.

It took around 75 days for the first 500,000 cases around the world to be reported, and just six days for the most recent half million to be registered.

The first 41 cases were confirmed on January 10, just over three months ago, and new cases have accelerated to over 70,000 a day in April.

It compares to 3 million to 5 million cases of severe illness caused annually by seasonal influenza, according to World Health Organisation estimates.

While experts say actual cases of the new coronavirus are likely higher than current reports, the number still falls far short of the Spanish flu, which began in 1918 and infected an estimated 500 million people.

Workers with Matthews Casket Division loading a casket into a van in Brooklyn in New York today. Funerals throughout New York and New Jersey are surging in numbers as hundreds continue to die daily from the coronavirus

A medical worker wearing protective gear and mask checking a patient’s data at the Intensive Care Unit of the Tor Vergata Covid-4 hospital in Rome today

Despite the growing number of cases in the current pandemic, there are signs that the spread of the coronavirus is slowing with many countries exercising lockdown measures.

At the beginning of April, the total case figure grew at a rate of 8 per cent-9 per cent per day and this has since slowed to between 3 per cent-4 per cent per day in the past week.

More than 1.1 million cases have been reported in Europe, including almost 400,000 cases in Italy and Spain, where over 10 per cent of reported cases have been fatal.

North America accounts for a third of all cases, though so far the region has reported lower death rates. 

In both the United States and Canada, 5 per cent of reported cases have been fatal.

Cases in Latin America continue to grow faster than other regions, and topped 100,000 in the past 24 hours.

In China, where the virus is thought to have originated, daily new cases have dwindled to less than 20 a day over the past three days and no new deaths have been reported this week.

Members of Madrid’s Emergency Service (SUMMA) helping each other put on protective equipment before moving a patient suffering from coronavirus

However, last week China raised its official death toll by 40 per cent, adding another 1,290 fatalities which health authorities said were not reported earlier.

Currently, many countries continue to experience a shortage of testing resources, artificially lowering case numbers and excluding infections in nursing homes. 

Deaths from the virus recorded today in Italy climbed by 534, up from 454 yesterday.

The number of new cases of COVID-19 in the country also increased to 2,729 from 2,256 on Monday. Italy currently has 183,957 official confirmed cases.

Spain today recorded a fall in the number of new cases, which rose by 3,968 – down from 4,266 yesterday – to bring the total from 200,210 to 204,178. 

Deaths increased by 430 today, a higher jump than yesterday’s 399 which takes the overall death toll from 20,852 to 21,282.  

Sweden today reported a record 185 new virus deaths with 545 new cases. Germany reported today that new cases rose by 1,785 to 143,457 – 10 higher than yesterday’s daily figure of 1,775.

The UK declared 828 new deaths today, taking Britain’s total number of victims to 17,337 – doubling the figure of 449 announced yesterday.

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