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Coronavirus : 20,506 dead in US, worst hit country in the world

British PM Boris Johnson said to be recovering well as UK deaths near 10,000

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The United States passed the grim milestone of 20,000 coronavirus deaths as huge swathes of the globe celebrated the Easter holiday weekend under lockdown at home.

The outbreak has now claimed the lives of at least 20,506 people in the US, which leads the world in deaths and in the number of declared infections – at least 527,111, according to a tally maintained by Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University. The United States recorded 1,920 deaths related to the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours.

Italy, the hardest-hit country in Europe with a population a fifth the size of the US, was also approaching the bleak marker, with 19,468 confirmed virus fatalities.

The United States has seen its highest death tolls to date in the epidemic with roughly 2,000 deaths a day reported for the last four days in a row.

The global death toll now stands at more than 108,000.

Many experts and the World Health Organisation are cautioning countries against lifting lockdown measures too quickly.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned Friday that jumping the gun could lead to a “deadly resurgence” of the novel coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2.

From the crowded slums of Mexico City, Nairobi and Mumbai to conflict hot spots in the Middle East, there are fears that the worst is yet to come for the world’s poorest.

With China already ending its once-severe lockdown in Wuhan, US President Donald Trump said last that the disease was near its peak in the United States and he was considering ways to reopen the world’s biggest economy as soon as possible. Source: SCMP

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