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Coronavirus leaves more Americans dead than WWI

Washington - With 740 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, the United States has seen more people die from the pandemic than died in World War I, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Why does UK have Europe's highest official coronavirus toll?

London - While the British government insists it has been "guided by science" and has taken "the right decisions at the right time", the toll of 42,000 coronavirus deaths has fuelled criticism.

Brazil virus death toll hits 28,834, surpassing hard-hit France

Bras - Brazil on Saturday reached 28,834 coronavirus fatalities, authorities said, surpassing hard-hit France and becoming the country with the world's fourth-highest death toll.

Brazil COVID-19 death toll hits 27,878, surpassing hard-hit Spain

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil on Friday reached 27,878 coronavirus deaths, official figures showed, surpassing the toll of hard-hit Spain and making it the country with the fifth-highest number of fatalities.

Brazil passes 20,000 virus deaths after record 24-hour toll

Rio De Janeiro - The novel coronavirus death toll in Brazil surpassed 20,000 on Thursday, after a record number of fatalities in a 24-hour period, the health ministry said.

Brazil surpasses 1,000 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil registered 1,179 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said Tuesday, as the pandemic exacted its worst daily toll yet in the hardest-hit Latin American country.

Brazil jumps to third in COVID-19 cases worldwide

S - Brazil has the third-highest number of novel coronavirus cases in the world, according to official figures released Monday, a troubling surge for a country struggling to respond to the pandemic.

China's ground zero reports virus infections

Bejing - China reported a new cluster of coronavirus cases in Wuhan Monday after a month without fresh infections at the pandemic's global epicentre, as a northeastern city was placed under lockdown.

China's Wuhan reports first virus infection in over a month

Shanghai - China on Sunday reported the first case of coronavirus in over a month in Wuhan, the city where the outbreak first started in December last year.

Brazil tops 10,000 deaths from COVID-19

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil, the hardest-hit Latin American country in the coronavirus pandemic, has surpassed 10,000 deaths, according to figures released Saturday by the Ministry of Health.

France records 80 new virus deaths, lowest daily toll in a month

Paris - French health officials on Saturday announced another 80 deaths from the new coronavirus, the lowest figure recorded over 24 hours since early April.The figures for those in intensive care also fell, with 38 people admitted for critical care.

Italy baffled by unexplained surge in deaths during virus crisis

Rome - Italy recorded almost 50 percent more fatalities in March than usual, according to new official data showing that the real coronavirus death toll could be far higher than the 29,000 reported.

France says won't quarantine EU, Schengen area citizens

Paris - France said Sunday that it would not quarantine anyone arriving from the EU, the Schengen area or Britain due to the coronavirus, as it prepares to start easing confinement measures after two months of lockdown.

UK 'past peak' of coronavirus outbreak: PM Johnson

London - Britain is "past the peak" of its coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday, despite recording another 674 deaths in the last 24 hours.

France reaches 'painful' landmark of 20,000 virus dead

Paris - France on Monday announced it had become the fourth country worldwide to register over 20,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus, after recording 547 new fatalities in the epidemic.

China virus epicentre Wuhan raises death toll by 50%

Wuhan - China's coronavirus ground-zero city of Wuhan on Friday admitted missteps in tallying its death toll as it abruptly raised the count by 50 percent -- and as world doubts mounted about how transparent China has been during the crisis.

China's Wuhan raises virus death toll by 1,290, up 50%

Wuhan - China's coronavirus ground-zero city of Wuhan on Friday abruptly raised its death toll by 50 percent, saying many fatal cases were "mistakenly reported" or missed entirely in an admission that comes amid growing global doubts about Chinese transparency...

Spain PM says 'fire' coming under control as death rate drops

Madrid - The daily death toll from the coronavirus fell to 683 in Spain on Thursday, after rising for two days, with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez urging people to keep up the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Haiti reports its first coronavirus death

Port-au-prince - Haiti on Sunday reported its first novel coronavirus death, a 55-year-old man who had underlying health conditions.The health ministry said the man suffered from diabetes and hypertension.

Italy's intensive care virus cases drop for first time

Rome - Italy saw its first drop Saturday in the number of patients intensive care treatment for the coronavirus that had stretched the Mediterranean country's world-class healthcare system to breaking point.

Spain to extend lockdown, as deaths down for second day

Madrid - Spain's prime minister announced Saturday an extension of the country's lockdown to combat the coronavirus, saying the measures are "bearing fruit" as the number of deaths fell for a second day in a row.

Italy sees signs of hope despite 766 new virus deaths

Rome - Italy saw more evidence Friday that it might have made it through the worst of the coronavirus pandemic despite the world-leading death toll growing by 766 to 14,681.

Iran reports 141 new virus deaths, raising total to 2,898

Tehran - Iran said Tuesday 141 more people have died from the novel coronavirus, raising the official toll in one of the world's worst-affected countries to 2,898.

UK coronavirus deaths surge past 1,000

London - Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Saturday the coronavirus outbreak will get worse before it gets better, as the number of deaths in Britain rose 260 in one day to over 1,000.

Iran coronavirus death toll tops 2,500: ministry

Tehran - Iran announced Saturday that 139 more people had died from the novel coronavirus, raising the official death toll to 2,517 in one of the world's worst-affected countries.

US confirmed coronavirus cases cross 100,000: tracker

Washington - The United States now has more than 100,000 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University showed Friday.There have been 100,717 cases including 1,544 deaths as of 6:00 pm Eastern time (2200 GMT).

16-year-old among virus dead in France's highest daily toll

Paris - The mother of France's youngest coronavirus victim has spoken of the "unbearable" loss of her 16-year-old daughter, as the country reported its highest daily toll from the pandemic.

China's imported cases rise as foreigners banned and flights cut

Bejing - China reported more than 50 imported cases of the coronavirus on Friday, hours after announcing a ban on foreigners entering the country.

More than 1,000 US coronavirus deaths, near 70,000 cases: tracker

Washington - The number of deaths caused by the novel coronavirus rose to 1,031 in the United States on Wednesday, with 68,572 confirmed cases nationwide, a tracker run by the Johns Hopkins University showed.The tracker had showed 827 just a few hours earlier.

Iran rejects help from 'foreign forces' as virus deaths near 2,000

Tehran - A senior Iranian official Tuesday ruled out help from "foreign forces" to deal with the coronavirus epidemic after an offer from a France-based medical charity, as the country's death toll from the illness neared 2,000.
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