The latest data coming out of Johns Hopkins University shows that more than 521,000 people are now infected with the coronavirus around the world and that over 24,000 have died.
Right now, the US has the highest number of infections, with over 86,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins’ statistics, including more than 23,000 in New York City.
At the time of writing, the second and third worst affected regions are China and Italy with 81,782 and 80,589 known cases each, respectively. Around the world, there have been 24,075 deaths and 122,672 patients have recovered from their infections. Italy still has the most deaths with 8,125 fatalities in the country.
Among the latest developments from governments around the world, according to Al Jazeera, France and Malaysia have decided to fly home their citizens stranded in Cambodia, Australia will quarantine returning citizens, and the United States is also going to suspend military training exercises in the Philippines. Another major development has been North Korea’s confirmation that more than 2,000 citizens are currently held in quarantine in the isolated nation, as well as two foreigners. They have, however, not yet confirmed any infections.
China has been aiding efforts in Indonesia by sending a carrier, carrying 40 tonnes of health supplies such as testing kits, that will be immediately distributed around the country.
Meanwhile, in a Fox News interview reported on by the New York Times, Donald Trump has said that he believes the country will be in “great shape” by the time the Republican National Convention takes place between 24 and 27 August and therefore that he will not be canceling the event.
Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, also criticised the President’s decision to deploy troops at the northern border in an effort to contain the virus, saying that it would harm the US-Canadian relationship.
Reuters has reported that 81,000 people will be killed by COVID-19 in the US and that it will start to subside by June, according to a study conducted by Washington University.
Here is a chart showing the number of new cases daily worldwide from January 1 to March 25, 2020, by region, showing that Asia is on a downward trajectory, while the Europe and North America are getting worse, but have started to “flatten the curve.”