Coronavirus: Butcher’s Bill at 3.1 Million Cases, 217,000 Deaths

  • The United States has recorded the highest number of deaths, followed by Italy, Spain, France, and the United Kingdom.
  • Russia now ranks 8th in terms of total deaths, overtaking Iran.
  • The total infections in Iran, one of the countries in the Middle East most affected by the virus, has reached 9,084.

The new Coronavirus has caused the deaths of more than 217,000 people worldwide since it appeared in December, according to Worldometers. More than 85% of these deaths have occurred in Europe and the United States. More than 3.1 million people have been infected with the new coronavirus, more than 75% of the reported cases also occur in Europe and the United States.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

The United States has recorded the highest number of deaths (59,112), followed by Italy (27,359), Spain (23,822), France (23,660), and the United Kingdom (21,678). As for China, the first focus of the virus, it has recorded 82,836 cases and 4,633 deaths. For some time, skeptics have accused Beijing of substantially undercounting both.

Germany recorded 159,912 cases, an increase of 988. Monday was the fourth straight day in which Germany recorded a decrease in the number of cases. Some of the other severely affected countries in Europe, including Italy, France, and Spain, also recorded declines in the number of daily cases during the past weeks. However, they also recorded between 2,000 and 5,000 new infections daily during the past seven days.

Spain recorded 311 new deaths from the coronavirus, an increase over the previous 24 hours, according to the Minister of Health. Spain has undergone strict isolation measures since March 14, which were extended through May 9. On Tuesday, the government of Pedro Sanchez is due to announce its plan to ease the measures, which are expected to be implemented from mid-May.

The number of people infected with Coronaviruses in the country reached 232,128, while the number of those who recovered reached 123,903. The authorities announced a few days ago that the number of additional daily infections is lower than the number of recovered, which shows a positive development of the epidemic.


The Russian health authorities announced Tuesday that 72 deaths and 6,411 cases of coronavirus have been recorded during the past 24 hours. It is the highest daily toll since the virus appeared in the country.

According to what was reported by the Russian news sources, the Russian Operations Center for Combating Corona Virus said, in a statement, that the total deaths reached 867 cases. The death toll rose to 93,558, ranking Russia eighth globally in terms of this indicator, surpassing Iran. The statement added that the number of people recovering nationwide reached 8,456.


In Iran, a spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Health, Kyanosh Jahanpur, announced Tuesday that the number of deaths due to infection with the Coronavirus has increased by 71 cases during the past 24 hours. That brings the total to 5,877 cases. He added that the total infections in Iran, one of the countries in the Middle East most affected by the virus, had reached 9,084.

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.


Statistics of the Moroccan Ministry of Health showed on Monday evening that 55 new cases of Coronavirus had been detected in Morocco within 24 hours. There are now 4,252 cases of coronavirus in the country and 165 deaths.

Mohamed al-Youbi, head of the epidemiology directorate at the Ministry of Health, said that the number of people recovering during the same period reached 102, bringing the cases of recovery to 659 cases. One person died, raising the total deaths since the outbreak in Morocco on March 2 to 162 deaths. Three more have died since.


The Ministry of Health in Bahrain announced Tuesday that it recorded 87 new cases of the emerging coronavirus, bringing the total infections in the Kingdom to 1556 cases.

The Ministry said in a statement on its website today, that the new infections include 72 cases of migrant workers and 15 cases of contacts. A spokesperson pointed to the recovery of 28 patients, bringing the total of those recovered to 1246, pointing to the record of eight deaths.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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