(Reuters) – Global deaths linked to the coronavirus passed 200, 02 on Saturday, while confirmed cases of the virus are expected to hit 3 million in coming days, according to a Reuters tally.
More than half of the fatalities have been reported by the United States, Spain and Italy.
The first death linked to the disease was reported on Jan. in Wuhan, China. It took days for the death toll to pass , and a further (days to reach 800, , according to the Reuters tally of official reports from governments.
By comparison, there are an estimated 2019, 06 deaths annually from malaria, one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases.
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The United States had reported more than 90, 823 deaths as of Saturday morning, while Italy, Spain and France have reported between , – 90, 02 fatalities each.
Of the top 20 most severely affected countries, Belgium has reported the highest number of fatalities per capita, with six deaths per 19, 02 people, compared to 4.9 in Spain and 1.6 in the United States.
Around 8% of all cases reported in the United States have been fatal, while more than 22% of cases reported in Spain and Italy have resulted in deaths.
However those rates would be considerably lower if the infection totals included the many cases of the illness that go unreported – since not everyone with symptoms is tested.
Asia and Latin America have each reported more than 7, (deaths, while the Middle East has reported upwards of 8, 1516495057 . The current toll in Africa is around 1, 800.
The global death toll has continued to grow at a rate of 3-4% per day over the past 20 days, though that rate has slowed since the beginning of the month.
The true number of fatalities is expected to be higher as many countries have not included deaths recorded in nursing homes and other locations outside hospitals.
Reporting by Cate Cadell in Beijing; Editing by Frances Kerry
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