The global death toll from the Covid-19 coronavirus has risen to 200,000, of which 800,000 have been cured, and confirmed cases are expected to reach 3 million in the coming days.
More than 75% of the deaths have been reported from the United States and Europe.
The first disease-related death was reported on 10 January in Wuhan, China. It took 91 days for the number of deaths to exceed 100,000 and an additional 16 days to reach 200,000.
By comparison, an estimated 400,000 people die each year from malaria, one of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases.
The United States reported more than 54,200 deaths as of Saturday, while Italy, Spain, France and the United Kingdom reported 20,000 to 26,000 deaths each.
Among the 20 most severely affected countries, Belgium reported the highest number of deaths per capita, with six deaths per 10,000 people, compared to 4.9 in Spain, 3.4 in France and 1.6 in the United States.
About 8 per cent of all cases reported in the United States were fatal, while more than 10 per cent of the cases reported in Spain and Italy resulted in deaths.
The number of deaths worldwide has continued to increase at a rate of 3-4% per day over the past 10 days, although the rate has slowed since the beginning of the month.
The actual number of deaths is expected to be higher because many countries have not included deaths in nursing homes and other non-hospital settings.
The World Health Organization said there was “no evidence” that people who have recovered from Covid-19 and have antibodies are protected against a second coronavirus infection.
It warned against countries issuing “immunity passports” to allow people who have recovered from Covid-19 to return to work or travel.
She stated that there was no evidence that people with antibodies were protected against re-infection.
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