Spain overtakes China virus toll with 3,434 deaths - government

  • Spain overtakes China virus toll with 3,434 deaths - government

Spain overtakes China virus toll with 3,434 deaths - government

More than three billion people around the world were living under lockdown on Wednesday as governments stepped up their efforts against the coronavirus pandemic which has left more than 20,000 people dead.

These figures bring Spain's death toll to 3,434.

Meanwhile, the death toll is 2,077 in Iran as confirmed cases toped 27,000.

Louisiana has also emerged as a hot spot for the virus in the United States.

"Covid-19 is threatening the whole of humanity - and the whole of humanity must fight back", UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, launching an appeal for US$2 billion (S$2.9 billion) to help the world's poor.

In recent days, the governors of at least 18 states have issued stay-at-home directives affecting about half the nation's population.

In a bid to stem the virus, the European epicenter of the virus has shut down many of its industrial activities including auto and clothing manufacturers, real estate, and tourism companies.

Life started returning to normal on Wednesday after two months of lockdown in Hubei province, epicentre of China's coronavirus outbreak, with traffic controls lifted, construction resuming and people catching buses and trains across once-shut borders.

Although China has the most confirmed cases with more than 81,600, Italy recorded the most deaths with 7,503 fatalities in almost 69,200 cases. The total number could be much higher as the government reported 130,000 sick leaves associated with the virus, encompassing workers who are either infected or in preventive isolation.

With Spain likely to exceed 50,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the next 24 hours there has been a stark realisation in Madrid that with 3,434 deaths the death toll from the coronavirus has now surpassed the official figure from China, making it the second highest in the world. Le Monde reported 39 deaths in retirement homes in the Ile-de-France region around Paris on Monday and said that privately run homes were reluctant to report data.

Spain is now on its 11th day of a nationwide lockdown.