The number of people dying of viruses worldwide has exceeded 100,000

Medical workers in Leganes, Spain, mourn as they see off a colleague who died of the disease on April 10. Photo: AP.
Medical workers in Leganes, Spain, mourn as they see off a colleague who died of the disease on April 10. Photo: AP.

The number of deaths associated with the new strain of corona virus worldwide has reached the 100,000 mark on April 10, while the total number of infections has reached more than 1.6 million.

The first death from the virus that caused the current pandemic is in China’s Wuhan city on January 9. The world reached 50,000 deaths in 83 days and it took another 8 days to reach the 100,000 mark, according to Reuters.

The number of deaths increased at a rate of 6-10% / day over the past week, and there were 7,300 deaths recorded globally on April 9.

The number of deaths can now be compared to the death toll in the London plague in the mid-1660s, with an estimated 100,000 killed, or about one-third of the city’s population at the time.

However, this figure is still far from what the Spanish flu caused, beginning in 1918. An estimated more than 20 million people died until the epidemic was extinguished in 1920.

The new strain of corona virus is believed to infect the first people at a fresh seafood market that sells wildlife in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province, in December 2019. Pathogens quickly spread in China and worldwide.

According to the constantly updated statistics of John Hopkins University, the number of global virus infections has reached 1,684,833, of which 102,136 people have died. The US still leads in the number of cases – 492,240, with 18,350 deaths, while Italy leads in the number of deaths – 18,849, out of 147,577 cases.

The global death rate is currently at 6.25%, but many experts believe that the actual number is lower because of a mild, asymptomatic case, which is not fully documented.

Statistics in several countries, including Italy, France, Algeria, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, show mortality rates higher than 10%.

One of the largest studies of mortality, involving 44,000 patients in China, yielded 2.9%.

The study also found that 93% of people die in their 50s, and more than half are in their 70s.

While North America now accounts for more than 30% of the total global cases, Europe has the highest number of deaths, with countries like Spain and Italy the worst affected. Southern Europe accounts for more than a third of all global deaths, though regional infections account for just over 20%.