The United States is the country with the most reported deaths at 39,090, followed by Italy with 23,227, Spain 20,453, France 19,323 and Britain 15,464. These include 101,398 deaths and 1,151,820 infections in Europe, the continent hardest hit by the virus.
At least 157,000 people have been killed by COVID-19 with two-thirds of the deaths in Europe, according to an AFP tally, and nearly a quarter of fatalities in the United States, the worst-hit country.
The brutal economic impact of the coronavirus deepened on Wednesday with dire news from the United States and Germany, increasing pressure worldwide to ease lockdowns and reduce the cost of the pandemic.
The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) prediction that some 1.6 billion people employed in the informal economy — or nearly half the global workforce — could see their livelihoods destroyed due to the continued decline in working hours brought on by lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19 highlights the grim scenario prevailing across the globe on the employment front.
More than 2,483,840 declared cases have been registered in 193 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 558,400 are now considered recovered.
Even the world's coldest continent is not immune to rising global temperatures, with scientists recording the first-ever heatwave event in Antarctica over the 2019-20 summer period.
Global stock markets fell on Tuesday as investors locked in profits from a strong recent run, with analysts saying that equity valuations had started to look too optimistic, prompting a reality check.
The warning by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres that the COVID-19 pandemic could push nearly 50 million more people into extreme poverty deserves serious attention and countries should act immediately to shore up global food security.
The global coronavirus infections passing 14 million on Friday, as per a Reuters tally, is a grim milestone that makes it clear the war against the deadly pandemic is far from over.
Following the release of a UN study that shows at least 40 million children have missed out on early childhood education due to measures to combat COVID-19, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, has warned that the pandemic is making a global childcare crisis even worse, and she is absolutely correct.