2 MILLION CASES: COVID-19 CROSSES ANOTHER DARK MILESTONE

Members of a medical team surveying a house in Srinagar (File Photo KM/Umar Ganie)

Srinagar: The number of persons who have contracted coronavirus has topped two million globally on Wednesday as per the data website worldometers.info which is keeping a tab on the number of infections and deaths this great pandemic has brought.

This is another dark milestone crossed by this lethal outbreak that began last December even as the World Health Organization is pulled into a war of words between the US and China.

The worldwide coronavirus case count now sits at 2014009, as per the latest figures from worldometers.info on Wednesday. More than half of the number relates to outbreaks in European nations, but globally the single worst-hit country is the United States, with almost 610,000 identified Covid-19 patients and over 26,000 deaths recorded, according to Johns Hopkins University.

India cases stand at 11,555 with 396 deaths, as per the latest data available.

As the pandemic rages on in some 185 countries, Washington has escalated a rhetorical offensive on Beijing, blaming Chinese officials for concealing information about the virus from the international community, while pulling the World Health Organization (WHO) into the fray. On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump announced a funding freeze for the health body, accusing it of abetting a Chinese “cover-up” and “severely mismanaging” its response to the pandemic.

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