The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic climbed above 300,000 on Thursday, as the total confirmed cases stands a little above 4.4 million, data from worldometer has shown.
The global death toll linked to COVID-19 hit 100,000 deaths in early April, less than 100 days after Chinese media reported the first death case in Wuhan, where the disease is believed to have emerged. The figure doubled before the end of April.
216 countries across six continents, except Antarctica, have so far confirmed cases of the pandemic disease while its adverse effects continue to tell on both social and economic activities worldwide.
As countries gradually ease their earlier imposed lockdown restrictions to combat the virus, the infection figures continue to take upward turn in some countries despite the efforts by both the world health body, WHO, and other bodies.
Some drugs have been identified as possible treatments of the disease, but none has been certified as the absolute cure; they are still undergoing trials.
Over 1.6 million out of the over 4.4 million infected persons have recovered from coronavirus while two per cent of the pending cases are in critical conditions.
North America, Europe lead
The United States of America tops the chart of countries with the highest death toll as the country has recorded over 85,000 deaths with over 1.4 million people infected in the country.
In a similar development, the United Kingdom (UK) has overtaken Spain, Italy, and France as the country with the highest number of deaths linked to coronavirus in Europe.
Over 33,186 persons have died from COVID-19 in the U.K while Italy, Spain and France have recorded 31,106, 27,104, and 27,074 deaths respectively.
The four countries account for over 65 per cent of the world death toll and over 55 per cent of the global confirmed cases.
Russia has also witnessed a sporadic rise to over 200,000 recorded cases even though its death toll is mild compared to the four countries above. The country has a little above 2,000 deaths linked to the disease.
Between February 14 when Africa confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in Algeria and May 14, over 2,500 death cases have been reported. This leaves the continent as the least affected area after Oceania which has a far lesser population density.
As of 5:20 p.m. on Thursday, 74,697 persons have been infected with the virus with Lesotho confirming an index case barely 24 hours ago.
While Africa’s total number of deaths linked to the virus has doubled in the last two months, South Africa maintains the lead with 12,074 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 219 deaths.
Egypt has recorded 556 deaths while its confirmed cases is a little above 10,000. It has the highest number of death cases followed by Algeria, 529 death cases, in the continent.
Morocco, Ghana, and Nigeria are also among the African countries with the highest number of cases and deaths.
Ghana’s COVID-19 cases jumped from 1,042 to 5,408 three weeks after the country’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, lifted its lockdown restrictions late April.