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Coronavirus Toll Cross 5.5 million Cases Worldwide

It’s been more than five months that a new deadly Coronavirus strain is around. Despite all the efforts from major countries of the world, it doesn’t seem like this pandemic is going to end any time soon. Started from Wuhan’s seafood market, this novel coronavirus has now infected more than 5.5 million people in different parts of the world.

More than two-thirds of these cases are reported in Europe and the U.S alone which also have the highest mortality rate by a coronavirus. The official reports suggest at least 5,505,307 confirmed cases of coronavirus, out of which 346,188 lost their lives to this deadly pandemic.

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Europe is at number one in the list of most badly hit places with 2,047,401 cases and approximately 172,824 deaths. At number two is the U.S with 1,662,768 confirmed cases and 98,223 reported deaths.

The coronavirus cases and deaths both are almost doubled within one month and the most number of cases are reported in the last 11 days only. But medical experts believe that these reported cases are only a small fraction of the actual number of cases, many of them are still unreported mainly because of the limited testing facility.

The U.S has reported four times more cases than any other country, as reported by Johns Hopkins University team. More than 100,000 deaths, this is the highest number of deaths reported by a coronavirus in the entire world.

Next in line are the UK, Spain, Italy, and France where the maximum cases of coronavirus have been reported. China, where this pandemic originally started has a relatively low death rate. Among 84,000 cases reported in China, the official deaths are nearly 4,600 which is significantly lower as compared to the US. However, international health experts have shown a concern that this official report on coronavirus cases in China might not be accurate, hence this report can’t be trusted completely.

It is believed that the earliest cases of coronavirus were reported back in November 2019, however, the World Health Organization (WHO) didn’t declare it a ‘pandemic’ till March. On 11th March 2019, WHO finally declared it a global pandemic of international health concern.

Right now, even when the mechanism of disease by coronavirus is understood and everyone is following basic prevention techniques, still there is no chance of coronavirus to slow down. The WHO suspects that it is still a long way to get rid of the virus and it is now a bigger threat for developing and low-income countries.

As there are so many conspiracy theories circulating on how this virus emerged and transmitted, there is still no way to finally tell its origin. But the research groups are still working to find its roots and to find a permanent solution for it.

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It is believed that the actual number of coronavirus cases are concealed from the public in order to prevent a panic. There is a high chance that these real cases are much more than reported cases. In addition to these, countries or areas mentioning low or zero coronavirus cases are mainly those which have no proper testing facilities. So without testing the entire population, it is hard to say whether or not coronavirus pandemic has ended.

Due to this pandemic, more than 4.5 billion people, which nearly makes half of the world’s population is following a lockdown, and social distancing. Without any information on the virus’s end, it is difficult to predict how long would it take for everyone to start living a normal life again.

 

 

 

Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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