Total number of COVID-19 cases tops 2.18 million
According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, reported cases of COVID-19 infection worldwide stand at more than 2.18 million and at least 145,000 people from 185 countries died from the novel coronavirus. More than 547,000 reported to have recovered.
The United States remain as the country with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world. The COVID-19 infected at least 671,000 people in the U.S. The country’s President Donald Trump gave governors a three-phase plan on reopening state economies and gradually easing the lockdown measures. Each phase should last minimum of 14 days.
Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the United Kingdom are other countries hit the hardest by the novel coronavirus. France reported a surge in COVID-19 cases on Thursday, April 16. The number of coronavirus cases in France stands at over 165,000 infections, an increase of at least 17,000 from the total reported on Wednesday, April 15.
The United Kingdom extends coronavirus lockdown by three more weeks. The country reported a total of over 103,000 COVID-19 cases. More than 13,500 coronavirus patients died. 1,559 COVID-19 patients are currently being treated in intensive care units. The U.K. didn’t report the total number of recovered patients.
Germany says it has made good progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19. The coronavirus cases in Germany reached at least 137,000. More than 4,000 patients died. 77,000 of COVID-19 patients recovered.