US coronavirus death toll eclipses China’s official count

US coronavirus death toll eclipses China’s official count


The US death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surged past 3,500 on Tuesday – passing China’s official count, according to a tally being kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Globally, over 800,000 people have been infected and more than 39,000 people have died, according to the tally.

In the US, about 3,550 people have died, about 250 more than China’s official number. Italy and Spain, meanwhile, accounted for half the deaths.

On Tuesday, China reported just one new death from COVID-19 and 48 new cases, claiming that all new infections came from abroad.

In Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus first emerged, people were ready to “revenge shop.”

The Johns Hopkins figures supplied by government health authorities around the world are regarded with skepticism by public health experts because of varying counting practices, a lack of testing in places, the many mild cases that have been missed — and perhaps government efforts to downplay the numbers.

With Post wires

Coronavirus global outbreak map, March 31, 2020
Coronavirus global outbreak map, March 31, 2020



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