The novel coronavirus has infected more than 1.4 million people worldwide as the global death toll from COVID-19 exceeded 82,000 on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

By 0330 GMT on Wednesday, the death toll worldwide stood at 82,119 as the global tally of cases reached 1,430,141, while more than 301,130 people have recovered, an interactive map maintained by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering showed.

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Nearly 2,000 people infected with the novel coronavirus have died in the United States in the last 24 hours, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University as of 0030 GMT Wednesday.

The record daily count of 1,939 deaths brings the total in the United States to 12,722, a figure coming close to those in such worst-hit countries as Italy and Spain, whose death toll stood at 17,127 and 13,798, respectively.

The U.S. state of New York lost 731 lives to COVID-19 from Monday to Tuesday, bringing the state’s death toll to 5,489 while marking the deadliest 24 hours yet since the pandemic took hold, said Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday.

“Behind every one of those numbers is an individual, is a family, is a mother, is a father, is a sister, is a brother. So a lot of pain again today for many New Yorkers, and they’re in our thoughts and prayers,” said Cuomo at his daily briefing on coronavirus.

In Europe, the COVID-19 death toll continued to climb with the number in France jumping by over 1,417 to 10,328, making France the third country in Europe to pass the 10,000-mark, after Italy and Spain.

With over 17,000 fatalities, Italy still has, by far, the world’s highest COVID-19 death toll.
By Tuesday, Italy has registered a total of 17,127 deaths out of 135,586 cases, according to figures from the Civil Protection Department.

In neighboring Spain, there were daily increases in both new cases and deaths over the past 24 hours. A total of 140,510 cases were reported, up by 5,478 while deaths rose by 743 to 13,798, health authorities said.

As Britain reported 55,242 cases as of Tuesday, a Downing Street spokesman said Tuesday night that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is spending a second night in intensive care in the hospital, where he is being treated for COVID-19, and that he is in “stable” condition.

The prime minister was moved to intensive care at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London on Monday night following a worsening of symptoms. He has received oxygen treatment but has not required a ventilator so far.

Source: Xinhua

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