Coronavirus Pandemic: Global death toll crosses 20,000, billions under lockdown

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New Delhi: The global coronavirus death toll crossed 20,000-mark on Wednesday and over three billion people around the world were living under lockdown as governments stepped up their efforts against the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 452,160 confirmed cases of infection have been diagnosed in 182 countries and territories since the start of the pandemic.

The tallies, using data collected from national authorities and information from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Many countries are now only testing cases that require hospitalisation.

Three billion people – more than a third of the world’s 7.8billion population – are now thought to be under some kind of coronavirus lockdown in an attempt to control the spread of the disease.

Cases of the highly-infectious virus have now been reported on every continent except Antarctica and in virtually every country as the number of confirmed global infections barrelled towards half a million on Wednesday.

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