While the death toll in the United States exceeded surpassed 4,000 and the number of confirmed cases shot up to 200,00, Spain recorded its highest daily death toll (864) even as infections shot up to 102,136.
According to UK’s health ministry, the coronavirus death toll in the UK rose by 563 in 24 hours while the number of fatalities shot up to 2,352.
Globally, more than 900,000 people have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus and more than 45,000 people have died while 190,000 people have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University.
In India, 11 more people have tested positive in Rajasthan, taking the total number of cases to 131 including two Italians & 14 attendees of Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi, reports Times of India.
“Over 1400 people from Maharashtra attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi, out of which, around 1300 have been traced till now & are being quarantined in Maharashtra. Their samples will be collected for testing,” said Rajesh Tope, the Maharashtra Health Minister about the religious gathering that has become a COVID-19 hotspot for India and Pakistan.
It is the mark of the times that one single virus has brought global activity to a complete halt, absolutely decimating the world economy and dragging it into a recession that experts believe is worse than the one we had in 2008-2009.
Wall Street just had its worst quarter since the 2008 financial crisis with the S&P 500 dropping a final 1.6 per cent rounding up the loss for January, February and March to 20 per cent.
“The consumer confidence survey was just before we got the really massive layoffs,” said Dan North, chief economist for North America at the credit insurance company Euler Hermes to NBC News. “Next month, it’s going to plummet.”
As the stealthy virus spreads its claws, businesses around the world are shutting down their doors and people are hunkering down in their homes.