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Coronavirus deaths toll passes 59,000 globally and 1,099,622 total cases

Coronavirus deaths toll passes 59,000 globally and 1,099,622 total cases

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 1.1 million people and killed close to 59,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The US has more than 277,000 cases and more than 7,100 deaths, according to revised figures. The United States, Spain and Britain grappled with their highest tolls yet and the world economy took a massive hit. The United States accounts for around a quarter of confirmed cases but Europe is far from being out of danger - Spain reported more than 900 deaths in 24 hours on Friday, for the second day running. The virus has now killed more 10,000 people across Spain.

While Italy still leads the world in fatalities, France, Belgium and Britain have also been hard hit. The UK government is rushing to build field hospitals after a one-day toll of 569.

The New York State reported its highest number of 562 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, with a person dying almost every two-and-a-half minutes, as Governor Andrew Cuomo allowed redistribution of ventilators and protective gear to hospitals with greater need.

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