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Coronavirus has infected 106,000 people in last 24 hours: WHO

The US currently has the most cases, with 1.5m, followed by Russia, Brazil and the UK

Thursday May 21, 2020 5:40 AM, IANS

Global Covid 19 status latest

Geneva: Highlighting its continuing peril around the world even as its spread slows in some areas of Asia and Europe and lockdown restrictions are eased, coronavirus has infected 106,000 people in the last 24 hours - the largest number of cases since its outbreak, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday.

Revealing the alarming numbers at his daily briefing, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that two-thirds of those cases came from just four countries, the BBC reported.

Italy Corona update

A further 161 COVID-19 patients had died in the past 24 hours in Italy, bringing the country's toll to 32,330, out of total infection cases of 227,364, according to fresh figures on Wednesday.

Nationwide, the number of active infections dropped by 2,377 to 62,752 cases, according to the Civil Protection Department, Xinhua reported.

Of those who tested positive for the new coronavirus, 676 are in intensive care, 40 fewer compared to Tuesday, and 9,624 are hospitalized with symptoms, down by 367 patients over the past 24 hours.

The rest 52,452 people, or about 84 percent of those who tested positive, are quarantined at home with no symptoms or only mild symptoms.

Britain reports 363 new Covid deaths

Another 363 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 35,704, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said on Wednesday.

The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community, Xinhua news agency reported.

As of Wednesday morning, 248,293 people have tested positive for the disease, marking a 2,472 daily increase, the secretary said during the Downing Street briefing.

The global tally of cases is nearing five million, with more than 324,000 deaths, according to figures collected by Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Centre.

The US currently has the most cases, with 1.5m, followed by Russia, Brazil and the UK.

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