Global coronavirus cases surpass 16.8 million, death toll surges to 663,476

Global coronavirus cases surpass 16.8 million, death toll surges to 663,476
Washington: The number of coronavirus infection cases across the world has surged to 16,893,532 and the pandemic has so far claimed over 663,476 lives.

According to latest data, 10,456,398 patients have recovered from the pandemic so far.

The United States tops with nearly 4,498,205 cases and more than 152,312 deaths followed by Brazil with over 2,484,649 cases and more than 88,634 deaths.

India has reported 1,532,135 cases while 34,224 deaths due to the coronavirus. The country has the third-highest number of recorded infections in the world.

Over 823,515 people have infected while 13,504 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 459,761 infections. The country reported 7,257 deaths.

Mexico has reported 44,022 deaths and 395,489 cases.

Peru has reported 395,005 cases while 18,612 deaths.

In Chile, nearly 349,800 cases were confirmed, including more than 9,240 deaths.

Spain has recorded 28,436 fatalities and 327,690 infections.

United Kingdom has reported 45,878 fatalities and 300,692 infections.

Meanwhile, the death toll is 16,147 in Iran as confirmed number of cases is almost 296,273.

Saudi Arabia has reported 270,831 cases of coronavirus, while 2,789 coronavirus deaths have been reported.

Italy, which recorded its first coronavirus death at the end of February, has 35,123 fatalities, while 246,488 infections.

Turkey reported 227,982 coronavirus cases and 5,645 fatalities.

Germany has reported 9,207 deaths and 207,951 infections.

France has reported 30,223 deaths and 183,804 cases.

Canada reported 8,912 fatalities and 114,994 infections due to coronavirus.

China -- excluding Hong Kong and Macau -- has to date declared 4,634 deaths and 83,959­ cases, with 78,934 recoveries.

In Belgium, 9,822 people succumbed to the disease while reported 66,428 cases due to the coronavirus.

Kuwait has reported 442 deaths while over 65,149 people have been tested positive for the virus.

Israel has reported 66,293 coronavirus cases while 486 deaths.

Taiwan has reported 467 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.