Global death toll from coronavirus reaches over 200,000

More than 200,000 people worldwide have been reported dead as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

As of Saturday afternoon, 2.8 million people have tested positive for the virus globally. The death toll is compiled from government health departments, but public health officials have warned that until widespread testing is available, it’s likely the actual figures are much higher.

a man and a woman sitting in a room: Global death toll from coronavirus reaches over 200,000© UPI Photo Global death toll from coronavirus reaches over 200,000

In the U.S., 926,442 people have tested positive for the coronavirus and 53,184 deaths have been reported. States in the Northeast have been hit particularly hard, with the New York State Department of Health reporting a total 271,590 positive cases and 16,162 deaths Saturday.

The new milestone comes as some countries are beginning to ease restrictions.

India began relaxing its strict stay-at-home mandates by allowing convenience stores and some industries to resume business on Saturday.

Health authorities reported no new deaths Saturday for the 10th straight day in China, where the virus originated, though questions have been raised about the reliability of the Chinese government’s figures.

Nurse Ashlee Davis disinfects Leah Silver?s personal protective equipment after she left the room of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient in the COVID ICU at the University of Washington Medical Center - Montlake during the COVID-19 outbreak in Seattle, Washington, U.S. April 24, 2020.  REUTERS/David Ryder© Thomson Reuters Nurse Ashlee Davis disinfects Leah Silver?s personal protective equipment after she left the room of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient in the COVID ICU at the University of Washington Medical Center – Montlake during the COVID-19 outbreak in Seattle, Washington, U.S. April 24, 2020. REUTERS/David Ryder

In the U.S., a handful of Republican governors have also begun easing restrictions as the virus starts to decline in some regions. However, those governors have faced criticism from lawmakers and local officials who have pledged to maintain restrictions in their own jurisdictions.

The easing of restrictions comes as governments begin to feel the effects of the closures on their economies.

On Friday, President Trump signed a $484 billion bill to aid employers and hospitals. Since March, roughly 26 million people have filed jobless claims, or about 1 in 6 U.S. workers.

Source: Thehill.com

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