Global Covid-19 cases surge past 500,000

2020-03-27 at 06:30

More than half a million people have been infected with coronavirus globally and more than 15,000 people have died in Europe alone.

There are now more than 529,137 confirmed cases, and 23,967 deaths due to Covid-19 cases across the world, after Italy reported 6,153 new infections within 24 hours.

Italy’s death toll now stands at 8,165, which is the highest in the world.

Spain, which overtook China as the second-hardest hit country earlier this week, reported 655 new deaths in one day on Thursday bringing the death toll to 4,089.

In the UK, a further 115 new deaths were announced on Thursday, taking its total to 578.

France has also reported an increase of 365 deaths, bringing the country’s total to 1,696.

Meanwhile the US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country with at least 82,404 positive tests.

According to the latest figures the US overtook China which has 81,782 cases and Italy with 80,589.

The grim figures come as countries across the world struggle with the human and economic cost of lockdowns imposed to curb the spread of the disease.

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