Coronavirus has now infected more than 1.5 MILLION people worldwide

Coronavirus has now infected more than 1.5 MILLION people worldwide

  • The US has the most confirmed cases in the world, at nearly 433,000
  • Close to 90,000 coronavirus deaths worldwide have been recorded  
  • Governments warn social distancing must not be relaxed over Easter weekend 

More than 1.5 million people in the world have tested positive for Coronavirus, the latest figures reveal. 

Statistics from the John Hopkins University, which is mapping all known confirmed cases, showed a total of 1,503,900 cases as of Thursday.

The level of testing has varied considerably from country to country, with experts warning that the true number of infections is likely to be far higher than figures show. 

The latest figures from the John Hopkins University reveal nearly 90,000 have died from Covid-19.  The counter uses a real-time tracker and is being treated as the most comprehensive toll of coronavirus statistics

The US has the highest number of confirmed cases, at 432,579. 

That is nearly three times as many confirmed cases as Spain, which has the second-highest number as 152,446.

In third position is Italy with 139,422, followed by Germany’s 113,615. 

An Italian Army officer helps another soldier to zip his protective suit as they prepare to decontaminate at Istituto Palazzolo nursing home on April 9. The Army officer belongs to 7th CBRN Defense Regiment ‘Cremona’ which specialises in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence 

A member of medical staff attends to a patient in ITU  at Rome’s San Filippo Neri Hospital’s Covid-19 on Thursday

France has 83,080 cases, China 82,883, Iran 66,220 while the UK has 61,497.

The John Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering uses a real-time tracker and is being treated as the most comprehensive count of Covid-19 statistics.  

Although Italy sits in third place for confirmed cases, it has by far the highest number of confirmed deaths, at 17,669.  

Next is Spain with 15,238, France with 10,869 and the UK with 7,097.  

On Wednesday, New York state recorded its highest one-day increase in deaths, 779, bringing its total to nearly 6,300 and accounting for more than 40% of the US death toll. 

Healthcare workers wearing personal protection equipment administer coronavirus tests on the second day of a drive-thru COVID-19 test collection facility in Florida, above. The facility will test at least 500 days every day of the week

Health workers collect blood samples from residents to detect coronavirus, in Antananarivo, Madagascar

The tracker reveals the total number of deaths is now 89,931. 

Strict lockdowns have been implemented  across much of the world in a bid to tackle the spread of the virus. 

A doctor wearing a protective gear takes a swab from a woman to test for coronavirus disease in India’s Dharavi, one of the largest slums in Asia

And in signs that the lockdown is working, some countries have started to reopen borders and partially remove measures.  

The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the epidemic first erupted in December, has lifted its lockdown after measures banned people from entering or leaving the city.

Staff members spray disinfectant at a Wuhan shopping mall in preparation for the city’s reopening after more than two months of lockdown

People were told they could leave the city for the first time on Wednesday provided they had been issued with a green code on a smartphone app.

Public transport has been reinstated though schools remain closed.  

With lockdown only partially lifted, China has banned the entry of foreign nationals with valid visas and residence permits.

People wear facemasks amid the Covid-19 outbreak outside of a Beijing shopping mall

Austria, Denmark and Sweden have all announced plans to begin a gradual lifting of lockdown measures in the coming weeks.   

But world leaders and health officials are warning that hard-won gains in the fight against coronavirus must not be jeopardised by relaxing social distancing over the Easter holidays. 

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasised that people should not travel this weekend, saying: ‘Even short trips inside Germany, to the seaside or the mountains or relatives, can’t happen over Easter this year’, Metro reported. 

Police patrols in the United Kingdom move people on from park benches as they enforce social distancing rules

Lithuania is also restricting public movement and imposing a lockdown on major cities during Easter to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. 

Greece has tightened restrictions ahead of next week’s Easter celebrations, increasing police roadblocks along roads and doubling lockdown fine violations. 

Swiss police are seeking to dissuade drivers from heading to the Italian-speaking Ticino region, the only part of Switzerland south of the Alps and one of the worst-hit by the pandemic.

UK police chiefs called on the government to tighten lockdown measures and warm weather expected over the weekend will police step up their scouring of parks, beaches and tourist spots, The Guardian reported.

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