Worldwide coronavirus death toll passes 300,000 – as confirmed cases hit 4.5m

The worldwide number of deaths from the new coronavirus was 300,000 on Thursday, while the number of confirmed cases of the virus was 4.5 million.

More than half of the fatalities have been reported by the United States, Spain, Great Britain and Italy.

The official death toll in the UK reached 33,614 yesterday.

The Ministry of Health and Social Care has confirmed that another 428 have been reported in the 24 hours since Thursday afternoon.

It is the lowest increase on a non-bank holiday on weekdays since March 31.

The first death related to the disease was reported on January 10 in Wuhan, China.

It took 91 days for the death toll to exceed 100,000 and another 16 days to reach 200,000, according to a Reuters report from official government reports.

By comparison, an estimated 400,000 people die each year from malaria, one of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases.

Meanwhile, it was reported yesterday that hospital visits across Britain had fallen by 57%, largely attributed to fear of catching the bug.

Downing Street said the “full impact” of the coronavirus pandemic would only be revealed by figures on excessive deaths.

Experts have recognized that there may be indirect deaths from people being unable or unwilling to leave the house, or that the NHS focuses on the response of the corona virus to the detriment of other services.

And with the US still at the forefront of cases and deaths at 1,456,828 and 86,901, after a daily increase in fatalities by 1,704 – nearly eight times that of Spain and nearly four times that of the UK – Donald Trump declared himself a ‘warrior’.

On his last visit to a PPE factory, where he was again depicted without a mask or gloves, the president was in a boastful mood.

Trump spoke to workers at the Owens & Minor factory in Allentown, Pennsylvania without protective equipment – despite his assistants covering their faces and hands.

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