Coronavirus death toll rises to over 6,500
March 16th, 2020 at 5:59 pm
Coronavirus death toll rises to over 6,500

International desk: The novel coronavirus outbreak has taken a furious turn in Europe more than two months after the virus was first traced in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracker, the infections have been growing rapidly outside of China, where the number was 80,860 as of Monday. The cases reported in other parts of the world were 86,000.

Deaths outside China have risen to more than 3,241 while in mainland China stand at 3208, according to the count from Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking cases reported by the World Health Organization and additional sources.

Italy is the worst affected country in Europe with death toll rising to 1809 with 368 in a single day, followed by Iran where reported cases of deaths are 724. Spain, France and Germany are reporting higher number of infections. In Spain, the death toll is 292 while 127 deaths were reported in France.

Top European leaders, including French president Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Markel, are expected to discuss the next course of action to prevent the outbreak.

French president is scheduled to address the nation on Monday night about the coronavirus outbreak. He will hold a meeting with his prime minister, top military adviser, intelligence coordinator and ministers of health, the interior and foreign affairs on the escalating health crisis, before giving a televised address at 8pm.

Situation in the United States is also grim. The cases of infection have increased. There are at least 3,485 cases and 65 fatalities. The US authorities in  

Social distancing, a preventative measure encouraged by health and government officials, is altering the way people in the US eat, work, study and socialize, according to CNN.

Students in at least 31 states, as well as in Los Angeles and New York City, are not heading to school. School districts and universities have started to transition to online methods of instruction until work can resume in classrooms.

States including Illinois, Ohio and Massachusetts have placed restrictions on the operations of bars and restaurants to discourage people from gathering in close proximity of one another.