Global coronavirus count tops 5.4 million, Death toll over 343,000


The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday reported over 1,486 new COVID-19 deaths in the 24-hour period, taking the overall tally to 343,514.


According to reports, nearly 100,000 new worldwide infections were recorded in the same period, taking the global count to 5.4 million. 

According to the latest situation report, the global case tally currently stands at 5,404,512, a rise by 99,780 over the past day. The death count worldwide amounts to 343,514, an increase by 1,486.

Most cases of infection are recorded in the Americas -- 2,454,452, with 143,739 deaths. 

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is facing a lot of criticism from the many countries over its initial handling of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The outbreak is still causing thousands of deaths across the world as countries race to develop a vaccine for the contagious virus.

The international community has blamed WHO for taking time in declaring the outbreak a pandemic, which it did on March 11, two and a half months after China first reported the new virus.


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