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Coronavirus cases globally surpasses 1 million

UN, other agencies commit Ksh300 M towards COVID-19 emergency fund in Kenya

Global coronavirus cases surpassed 1 million with more than 60,000 deaths even as the pandemic keep surging.

The United States is currently taking the worse hit as the numbers keeps exploding. The death toll climbed in Spain and Italy, according to a Reuter’s tally of official data.

Italy had the most deaths, more than 13,900, followed by Spain. The United States had the most confirmed cases than any country, more than 240,000, as of Thursday.

Since the outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, Mainland China on December 31, 2019, governments globally have been forced to shut down borders with interest to curb the spread.

Global economy has been shaken posing a huge threat to job security among companies around the world. In the United States alone, reports indicated than more than six million people have lost their jobs, double digit from the previous week.

Less than two months after Egypt became the first country in Africa to confirm a coronavirus case, the outbreak appears to have reached almost every nation on the continent of 1.2 billion people.

Of Africa’s 55 countries, only four have yet to report a case of the virus, they include; Comoros, Lesotho, Sao Tome and Principe and South Sudan.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Kenya rose by 29 bringing the total number in the country to 110.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said on Thursday that 28 Kenyans had tested positive for the new coronavirus, and one Congolese.

“Out of 662 samples, 29 people have tested positive for coronavirus. 28 of them are Kenyans and 1 is Congolese. The total number of those who have tested positive in Kenya is now at 110,” CS Kagwe said.

Even as the numbers keep escalating, Kenya was not on the right side of the table when Kagwe announced that the country had lost two patients due to the pandemic.

More than 240 people in Africa have died from the virus, including the former president of the Republic of the Congo, Jacques Joachim Yhombi-Opango, and Somalia’s former Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein.

There are 6,470 confirmed infections and 504 recoveries.

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, according to a Reuters tally based on official records as reported by Citizen digital.

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