Europe has now suffered more deaths from coronavirus than the whole of Asia, according to a new AFP tally, signalling that the pandemic could be spiralling out of control in the West as China finally manages to contain the virus.
Confirmed deaths in Europe reached at least 3,421 on Wednesday, AFP reported, passing the 3,384 fatalities in Asia, where the virus first began to spread. The death toll globally has surpassed 8,000, the news agency said.
The worrying benchmark comes as Johns Hopkins University said there are 200,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 worldwide. The number of confirmed infections has doubled globally in just 12 days.
The disease has been particularly deadly in Italy, which has the world’s second-highest number of diagnosed cases. The country has more than 30,000 known infections and more than 2,500 deaths.
While in China life appears to be moving back to normal, the virus is just landing in several other countries and now even more African countries are reported daily surges in confirmed cases.
WHO has raised an alarm that the numbers being reported in Africa may not be a true representation of the facts on the ground as many countries lack robust testing facilities.