Covid-19 global toll crosses 100,000 mark

New Delhi: The global death toll due to coronavirus crossed the 100,000 mark on late Friday, with Italy, the US and Spain accounting for over half of the fatalities, while there were over 1.65 million cases with well over a fourth of them in the US only.

According to data from the Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Centre, the toll, as of around 10.30 p.m. on Friday, was 100,376 with Italy reporting 18,849 deaths, the US with 17,925 – with 5,150 of them in New York City, and Spain on third with 15,970 deaths France came next with 12,210 deaths, the UK followed with 8,958 and then Iran with 4,232.

China reported 3,340 deaths, overwhelmingly in Hubei (3,216), where the disease was first recorded. The total number of cases, at the same time, stood at 1,650,210 with the US with 475,749 having more the next three most-affected countries – Spain with 157,053, Italy with 147,577 and Germany with 119,624 – combined.

France followed with 118,790, while China (82,941) and the UK (71,078) were still in the five figure range.
Meanwhile, 368,669 people have recovered around the world, with the maximum in China (77,791), followed by 55,668 in Spain and 52,407 in Germany.

A member of the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo has tested positive with the new coronavirus, the mission said in a statement on Friday, adding that it would not have any impact on its work.

The first case of COVID-19 positive testing among personnel of the NATO-led Kosovo Force has been experienced today, the mission said, without giving details of which country the infected person is from. NATO has some 3,500 troops in Kosovo including 659 from the United States.

Kosovo has registered some 227 cases of the new coronavirus, including 7 deaths. Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said on Friday he would propose next week extending a national lockdown till May 1 as the number of coronavirus cases in the country rose above 15,000.

Bangladesh on Friday extended the nationwide shutdown by 11 more days until April 25, enforcing a virtual curfew after 6  pm after six persons died of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of fatalities to 27, officials said.


NT Bureau