Globally, the coronavirus infection cases have surpassed 1 million on Thursday, April 2, 2020, with more than 52,000 deaths as the pandemic further escalated in many parts of the world including the US, Italy, and Spain. Since the pandemic forced governments across countries to impose national lockdown of their business operations, thousands of million have been losing their jobs and the unemployment rate of countries keeps on increasing day by day.
Global Coronavirus Cases
The pandemic has prompted governments around the world to close businesses, ground airlines, and order people to stay indoors. According to a Reuters’ tally, the coronavirus epidemic has infected more than a million people worldwide since the virus was first recorded in China late last year. The numbers are expected to be increasing in the coming days due to a possibility of further escalation of the virus spread in many corners of the world.
The tally showed that Italy had registered the highest number of the coronavirus deaths which reached nearly 13,900 figures and was followed by Spain while the US became the most infected country with more than 240,000 confirmed cases. According to Reuter’s data, “the first 100,000 cases worldwide of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, were reported in around 55 days and the first 500,000 in 76 days.”
Italy, which has registered a daily peak of 6,557 new cases on March 21 and accounted for around 28% of all global fatalities, has witnessed its death toll to 13,915 on Thursday. Italy was the first Western country that introduced a ban on people’s movement and economic activity after having the first confirmed virus case almost six weeks ago. In Spain, the death toll has crossed 10,000 on Thursday having 950 people died overnight, but health officials were expecting the rate of the virus cases would be decreased in the coming days.
Issues of Unemployment
The national lockdown and closure of markets across countries had caused widespread unemployment and the situation of jobless people is expected to be getting worse in the near future. As social security data showed on Thursday, the lockdown in Spain has caused a record of a high rate of unemployment in the country, with some 900,000 workers have lost their jobs since mid-March.
With the further escalation of the virus-infected cases in the US, the official report of the government revealed that the number of the US weekly jobless jumped to a record 6.6 million, double the record from the previous week. As Morgues and hospitals in New York City, the epicenter of the US outbreak were struggling to bury casualties on Thursday, the governor of the state, Andrew Cuomo had shared a grim prediction that the rest of the country would soon face the same misery.
Meanwhile, Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock, who recently recovered from the virus infection, promised a tenfold increase in the number of daily tests for the coronavirus by the end of the month due to sharp attack from critics. Britain, which initially took a restrained approach to the outbreak, had imposed tougher measures after the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was tested positive for the virus last week.
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