Spain surpasses China with 3,434 Covid-19 deaths

RSTV Bureau
Beijing: Residents wearing masks wait at a traffic light in Beijing, China Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. China is struggling to restart its economy after the annual Lunar New Year holiday was extended to try to keep people home and contain novel coronavirus. Traffic remained light in Beijing, and many people were still working at home. (PTI Photo)

Beijing: Residents wearing masks wait at a traffic light in Beijing, China Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. China is struggling to restart its economy after the annual Lunar New Year holiday was extended to try to keep people home and contain novel coronavirus. Traffic remained light in Beijing, and many people were still working at home. (PTI Photo)

Spain and Italy once again announced high numbers of fatalities on Wednesday as countries across Europe continued to battle the spread of coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.

Spain reported 738 new deaths in one day on Wednesday while Italy announced 683. The two countries have the highest fatality rate in the global pandemic.

The spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic “threatens the whole humanity”, the United Nations director-general Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday, as Spain surpassed China in the overall number of COVID-19 deaths.

India on Tuesday started implementing the world’s biggest lockdown of 1.3 billion people, following the example of a number of countries, especially in Europe, which remains the global coronavirus hotspot.

Finland, which has 880 confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus and has reported three deaths, announced on Wednesday the lockdown of the capital Helsinki and its region, starting Friday until 19 April.

France announced a total of 25,233 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as its death toll reached 1,331, with 231 new deaths in one day.

The country has introduced legislation to implement a “war economy” amid the pandemic and as the country has been under lockdown for a week.

The UK on Wednesday confirmed the death of the deputy to the British ambassador to Hungary, Steven Dick, 37, who died of COVID-19.

British PM Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday that over 400,000 people answered a call to volunteer for the NHS health service in one day.

(With inputs from agency)