Global coronavirus death toll tops 642,000, over 15.9 million infected

Global coronavirus death toll tops 642,000, over 15.9 million infected
Washington: The number of coronavirus infection cases across the world has surged to 15,941,806 and the pandemic has so far claimed over 642,751 lives.

According to latest data, 9,724,289 patients have recovered from the pandemic so far.

The United States tops with nearly 4,248,327 cases and more than 148,490 deaths followed by Brazil with over 2,348,200 cases and more than 85,385 deaths.

India has reported 1,337,022 cases while 31,406 deaths due to the coronavirus. The country has the third-highest number of recorded infections in the world.

Over 800,849 people have infected while 13,046 people died of the virus in Russia.

South Africa has become one of the top five worst-hit countries in the coronavirus pandemic as the country reported over 421,996 infections. The country reported 6,343 deaths.

Mexico has reported 42,645 deaths and 378,285 cases.

Peru has reported 375,961 cases while 17,843 deaths.

In Chile, nearly 341,304 cases were confirmed, including more than 8,914 deaths.

Spain has recorded 28,432 fatalities and 319,501 infections.

United Kingdom has reported 45,677 fatalities and 297,914 infections.

Meanwhile, the death toll is 15,289 in Iran as confirmed number of cases is almost 286,523.

Saudi Arabia has reported 262,772 cases of coronavirus, while 2,672 coronavirus deaths have been reported.

Italy, which recorded its first coronavirus death at the end of February, has 35,097 fatalities, while 245,590 infections.

Turkey reported 224,252 coronavirus cases and 5,580 fatalities.

Germany has reported 9,201 deaths and 205,960 infections.

France has reported 30,192 deaths and 180,528 cases.

Canada reported 8,881 fatalities and 113,206 infections due to coronavirus.

China -- excluding Hong Kong and Macau -- has to date declared 4,634 deaths and 83,784 cases, with 78,889 recoveries.

In Belgium, 9,812 people succumbed to the disease while reported 64,847 cases due to the coronavirus.

Kuwait has reported 425 deaths while over 62,625 people have been tested positive for the virus.

Israel has reported 59,475 coronavirus cases while 448 deaths.

Taiwan has reported 458 cases and 7 deaths while 440 patients have already been recovred. Taiwan was one of the countries that managed to control the epidemic caused by the coronavirus with timely measures and border closures.

In addition, the government has issued instructions to citizens not to travel abroad unnecessarily.


Lockdowns begin to ease

Some parts of Europe have reopened schools and shops, meanwhile, UK called it was too early to follow suit as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson emerged after his own battle with the virus.

With some of Europe's worst-hit nations reporting drops in daily death counts, governments are exploring how to relax confinement orders exacting their own damaging economic and psychological tolls.

Italy, the first European country to go into lockdown seven weeks ago, began allowing some construction and factory workers to go back to work on Monday.

Starting May 4, Italians are exercising outdoors and visit relatives, but only if they respect social distancing and wear masks.

Restaurants can offer takeout and wholesale stores can resume business on the same day, with other shops following on May 18, along with museums and libraries.

Thousands of schools reopened throughout France on Tuesday as the government eases its coronavirus lockdown rules despite some fears of a second wave of infections.

Moscow has announced to ease the lockdown from June 1 while the United Kingdom has also announced to reopen schools in phases.

Dubai has also announced to open the parks across the country from May 29.

Europe travels are on the cards–for all tourists, not just Europeans–as the EU ban draws to an end starting on July 1. While allowing entry of all travelers from across the world, EU will also welcome the tourists from the Unites States as well.

France has announced to open the Louvre Museum from July 6, world's largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris.

On July 7, Australia's two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), closed their shared border after a spike in coronavirus cases in Melbourne.