Coronavirus Global: COVID-19 cases surpassed 600,000 worldwide

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Coronavirus Global: COVID-19 cases surpassed 600,000 worldwide
Coronavirus Global: COVID-19 cases surpassed 600,000 worldwide

Coronavirus cases surpassed 600,000 worldwide, with more than 27,000 deaths.

• The United States now leads the world with over 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, overtaking China and Italy, and over 1,400 deaths.

• Italy reported 969 new deaths — the largest number in a single day — bringing the country’s death toll to 9,134.

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Some 5,690 people have now died from coronavirus in Spain.

The previous figure from Johns Hopkins University was 5,138.

It is the second-worst hit country in the world, behind Italy (9,134).

The Spanish government also said 72,248 people have been infected.

Earlier this week, a lockdown – confining people to their homes except to buy food or medicine and to work – was extended until 12 April.

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Ireland is now under similar lockdown measures to the UK, following three more coronavirus-related deaths.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, pictured, said people should stay home until at least 12 April unless they are buying groceries, attending medical appointments, collecting medication, doing brief exercise or making essential family visits.

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The Japanese capital has reported 50 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the BBC is reporting.

This is the biggest day-on-day increase since the outbreak began, with more than 300 cases overall in Tokyo.

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