Global coronavirus cases surge past 1.5 million

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An Italian Carabiniere patrols by the Teatro di Marcello, Rome, April 8, 2020. (AFP Photo)

AFP-The worldwide number of coronavirus cases surged past 1.5 million Wednesday since the pandemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, more than 319,000 are now considered recovered.

Global fatalities from the pandemic rose to 87,705 on Wednesday, according to a tally by John Hopkins University.

The U.S. recorded the most new deaths over that period, with 1,808. It was followed by Britain with 938, Spain with 757, and Italy with 542.

The country was prepared this week for what one official called the “peak death week” of the coronavirus and saw a record 1,900 new deaths Tuesday.

The state of New York on Wednesday crossed Spain for the most number of coronavirus cases in the world, according to a Reuters tally.

Italy, which recorded its first death in late February, has had the most fatalities with 17,669, as well as 139,422 infections.

Spain has recorded 14,555 fatalities and 146,690 infections.

The death toll in the United States is now the third-highest, at 13,829 for 404,352 infections, the highest number of cases in the world.

France has reported 10,869 deaths and 112,950 infections, followed by Britain with 7,097 deaths and 60,733 cases.

China, excluding Hong Kong and Macau, has to date declared 3,333 deaths and 81,802 cases, with 77,279 recoveries.

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