Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 100,000 Worldwide

The number of confirmed fatalities from the COVID-19 pandemic has passed 100,000, with the number of reported cases at over 1.6 million at the time of writing.

Data collected by Johns Hopkins University shows that the highest number of deaths from the disease have occurred in Italy where more than 18,800 have been recorded.

The next worst-hit country is the United States with more than 17,900 deaths. Third is Spain, which has seen more than 15,8900 fatalities, followed by France with just over 12,200 and the United Kingdom where more than 8,900 people have died.

In Italy and Spain, the rate of deaths is beginning to decrease. In the U.S. and U.K., however, the number of fatalities is increasing. In fact, the United States is projected to have nearly 37,500 deaths in four days from now—the highest number in the worldaccording to an FT analysis.

Among the countries listed above, certain regions have been particularly hard hit, making up a significant proportion of cases.

For example, there have been more than 10,000 deaths in Lombardy, northern Italy, according to the country's Ministry of Health as of Thursday. The Community of Madrid in Spain has also been badly affected, recording more than 5,900 deaths.

There have been over 3,200 deaths in Hubei province China where the outbreak started, accounting for the vast majority of the country's fatalities. This week, the strict lockdown imposed on January 23 on the city of Wuhan—thought to be the origin of the disease—finally ended after China reported no new deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, more than 7,000 people have died in New York alone, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday, 18 days since the state was put on lockdown. The death toll here is rising faster than any other subnational region at this stage of the outbreak, according to the FT. On Wednesday, the state—which has a population of nearly 20 million—reported 799 deaths from COVID-19, a record high for the third day in a row.

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Medical personnel move a deceased patient to a refrigerated truck serving as make shift morgues at Brooklyn Hospital Center on April 9, 2020 in New York City. ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

The news was announced as images emerged from Hart Island in New York City of workers in hazmat suits burying coffins in what appears to be a mass grave. Cuomo compared the current crisis to the devastation of 9/11 in a speech on Thursday.

"I lived through 9/11. 9/11 was supposed to be the darkest day in New York for a generation. We've done everything we can since 9/11 to make sure 9/11 didn't happen again. We lost 2,753 lives on 9/11. We've lost over 7,000 lives to this crisis. That is so shocking, and painful and breathtaking I don't even have the words for it," he said.

Nevertheless, the governor noted that the net increase in hospital admissions in the state was the lowest since the crisis began, while the number of intubations is also down.

"All of this data suggests that we are flattening the curve," he said while stressing that this was no time to relax and that strict social distancing measures must be kept in place given that they were having the desired effect.

The United States has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 466,000 recorded infections, according to Johns Hopkins. Around the globe, more than 365,000 people have recovered from the disease.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the steep rise in cases in New York as of April 9.

COVID-19 cases in New York between March 16 and April 8, 2020
This infographic shows the steep growth in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York between March 16 and April 8, 2020. Statista

Data on COVID-19 cases is from Johns Hopkins University unless otherwise stated.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advice on Using Face Coverings to Slow Spread of COVID-19

  • CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • A simple cloth face covering can help slow the spread of the virus by those infected and by those who do not exhibit symptoms.
  • Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items. Guides are offered by the CDC. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html)
  • Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly. A washing machine will suffice.
  • Practice safe removal of face coverings by not touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash hands immediately after removing the covering.

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

  • Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
  • If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
  • Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask and glove usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.
  • Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
  • The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.