Coronavirus Has Killed More Than 50,000 People Around the World

Coronavirus deaths have surpassed 50,000 across the globe, with Italy reporting the highest number of deaths, followed by Spain, the U.S., France and China, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, China, has infected more than 962,000 people across 180 countries and regions, over 82,400 of whom are in China. More than 202,900 have recovered from infection, including nearly 90 percent of China's infected population and at least 8,672 people in the U.S.

But the outbreak has claimed the lives of 50,230 people, including more than 5,000 in the U.S. and nearly 3,200 in China's Hubei province.

Italy's death toll climbed past 13,100, reporting the highest number of fatalities in the world. However, the outbreak showed signs of slowing in Italy earlier this week. The country has seen the lowest daily rise in infections since officials began tracking cases after the country's first reported death on February 21.

Italy has seen more recoveries than deaths so far, with at least 16,847 of its 110,500 infected population reported to have recovered as of Thursday.

Spain has the second-highest death toll, with just over 10,000 deaths among its 110,200 infected people. The country also recorded its highest daily death toll on Tuesday, with 849 fatalities in a day, Spain's health ministry confirmed.

On Monday, Spain reported a slight decline in deaths from Sunday and an eight percent increase in cases, which was a big drop from a 20 percent jump reported last week.

France has nearly half the number of fatalities and cases as Spain, with over 4,000 deaths and just over 57,807 confirmed cases.

Coronavirus death funeral ceremony Italy March 2020
A girl wearing a face mask touches the coffin of a deceased relative during a funeral ceremony at the entrance of the small cemetery of Bolgare, Lombardy, on March 23, 2020. Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises. Getty Images

All three European nations have imposed strict lockdown measures in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

The U.S. now has more than 5,000 fatalities, with the majority being in New York. At least 1,374 deaths have been reported in New York City among the state's over 83,700 confirmed cases, the office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo confirms.

The state is reported to have nearly 2,219 fatalities, nearly half of the country's deaths, while the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut reportedly has seen 2,600 deaths, among a combined total of nearly 110,000 cases.

Other states with a climbing death toll include New Jersey (355 deaths), Michigan (337), Louisiana (273) and Florida (101), according to the latest reports from their respective state health departments, while California has 215 deaths.

Top 10 countries with highest death toll

(as of April 2)

  1. Italy—13,155
  2. Spain—10,003
  3. U.S.—nearly 5,100
  4. France—4,032
  5. China—-3,269
  6. Iran—3,160
  7. U.K.—2,352
  8. The Netherlands—1,339
  9. Belgium—1,009
  10. Germany—959

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the spread of COVID-19 across the globe.

The graph shows the number of coronavirus cases confirmed worldwide.
The graph shows the number of coronavirus cases confirmed worldwide.

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

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.