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Covid-19: Global death toll spikes 320,000

19 May 2020 - 12:42
19 May 2020 - 12:42

KABUL (Pajhwok): The number of coronavirus-related deaths around the world has reached 320,000, with nearly 5 million individuals infected with the disease, news reports say.

After emerging in the Wuhan city of China last December, the COVID-19 pandemic has spread to at least 200 countries and regions, affecting millions of individuals.

In the initial weeks, mostly Chinese people were infected and killed by the virus, which has now been controlled by Beijing. But the disease is currently spreading rapidly in Europe and America.

Statistics showed on Tuesday that around 4.9 million people had been infected with the virus worldwide and 320,000 had died from the disease — most of them in Europe and the US.

Data from the Johns Hopkins University in the United States indicate about 1.9 million people have recovered from the coronavirus and returned to normal life.

Media reports say 1.55 million individuals have contracted the virus in the US, where over 92,000 have been killed as of Tuesday morning.

Also on Tuesday, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Kabul said 581 new COVID-19 cases had been registered in Afghanistan, taking the nation’s tally to 7,653.

It added 178 Afghans had so far lost their lives to Covid-19 while 850 others had recovered from the pandemic.

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