Coronavirus: Global death toll climbs over 16,500

Clay Curtis
March 24, 2020

Referring to more conservative World Health Organization data that over 300,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus, WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus told a press briefing on Monday that COVID-19 has been reported "from nearly every country in the world".

The same Johns Hopkins coronavirus monitor showed that the death toll has now surpassed 11,300 worldwide as of mid-Saturday, with the possibility of breaching 12,000 by the end of the day Al Jazeera reported.

Italy leads the global death count with 5,476 fatalities, followed by China (3,274), Spain (1,813), Iran (1,685), France (676), and the US (471).

So far, at least 285 people have died from the virus in the U.S. Most of the deaths have occurred in Washington state and New York State.

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The tally of confirmed cases exceeds 380,000.

Over 2,300 people have died in Spain, while the current death toll is over 1,800 in Iran.

Many countries have restricted flights from the most affected places and gone through lockdowns as the World Heath Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a pandemic and Europe the new epicenter of the disease.

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