The first person to officially die from the novel coronavirus was a 61-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan on January 9. Now, three months later, by April 10, more than 100,000 people have succumbed to the disease. “There are problems with all the indicators, but the number of cases depends a lot on the number of tests,” said French epidemiologist Catherine Hill.”The number of dead is a good indicator provided that you do not change the parameter along the way.” In France, for example, deaths in nursing homes were not counted until April 2 and the daily number of deaths in these establishments prior to that date would have to be reconstructed.Some countries, such as Spain, have also questioned whether their tolls might be higher, as people dying at home are generally not taken into account.Plateau in some European countriesWith 70,270 deaths out of 857,822 cases — equivalent to 70 percent and 52 percent of the global totals respectively — Europe remains the hardest-hit region by the pandemic. On March 22, it had registered fewer than 10,000 deaths. The spread has accelerated in recent weeks — in 11 days, the number of deaths has doubled. Almost everywhere in Europe, morgues are overwhelmed, with coffins lined up in churches in Bergamo, an ice rink in Madrid and a market hall in Rungis in France.Italy and Spain are the two European countries hardest hit, with 18,849 and 15,843 deaths respectively.But there appear to be the first glimmers of hope — after a peak of nearly a thousand deaths in 24 hours, on March 27 in Italy and on April 2 in Spain, the daily figures seem to have reached a plateau and are slowly starting to come down.In the last 24 hours, Italy has recorded 570 dead and Spain 605.Nevertheless, the situation is continuing to get worse in others, such as Britain, with 980 deaths in the last 24 hours, or Belgium, with 496 over the same period. United States, a major new hotspotThe disease is now spreading fastest in the United States, and New York state in particular, where the number of registered cases has surpassed Italy’s, with more than 160,000 for the state and 93,000 for New York city alone.More than 28 percent of the global number of cases have been registered in the US — 486,490 as of 1900 GMT on Friday. Even if the number of people who have been hospitalised has stabilised in a number of states, with 18,002 deaths, the US has the second highest death toll in the world after Italy. A statistical model published by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), which takes into account the way the epidemic has evolved in China and Europe, has, however, revised downwards a number of times the total number of deaths expected in the US — first from 93,000 to 82,000, and then again to 60,000. This forecasting model ranges from a total of 25,000 dead (most optimistic scenario) to 155,000 (most pessimistic).After Italy, the United States and Spain, the countries most affected in terms of the number of deaths are France with 13,197 deaths, Britain with 8,958, Iran with 4,232 and mainland China with 3,336. The tally has been compiled using data from AFP bureaus, as well as statistics from the relevant national authorities and from the WHO. First Asia, then Europe in March and now the United States have each, in turn, become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced more than half of humanity into lockdown. Despite sometimes draconian confinement measures, the number of daily deaths has accelerated across the globe — from fewer than 500 per day in mid-March, to more than 5,000 at the start of April and now nearly 7,500. Topics : In the last eight days, more deaths were registered than in the preceding 84 days. In all, at least 100,859 people have died from coronavirus, according to an AFP tally at 1900 GMT on Friday, using official figures. More than 1.6 million declared cases have been registered in 193 countries, of which at least 335,900 are considered recovered. The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections. Many countries are only testing the most serious cases. Others do not have a policy of large-scale testing when resources are severely lacking, as in Africa.
HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka (CMC) – Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis belted hundreds as an uninspired West Indies suffered their heaviest-ever defeat to Sri Lanka in yesterday’s second One-Day International, to concede the three-match series and extend their disappointing record of never having won a series on Sri Lankan soil.Asked to complete their highest-ever successful chase in pursuit of 346 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, West Indies crumbled for 184 in the 40th over, to surrender by 161 runs and fall 2-0 behind in series.In-form opener Shai Hope top-scored with 51 and left-hander Nicholas Pooran chipped in with 31 but West Indies collapsed from 131 for three in the 29th over to lose their last seven wickets for just 53 runs in quick time.They were taken apart by enterprising leg-spinner Wanindu Hararanga who snatched three for 30 from his 10 overs, and cunning left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan who finished with three for 57.Man-of-the-Match Fernando, with 127 off 123 balls with 10 fours, and Mendis with a run-a-ball 119 and 12 fours, had earlier pummelled West Indies to propel the home side to 345 for eight off their 50 overs.When left-arm speedster Sheldon Cottrell (4-67) struck in successive deliveries in the third over to reduce Sri Lanka to nine for two, the Caribbean side looked to be establishing an early grip on the contest.But Fernando and Mendis paired in a rollicking, record 239-run, third-wicket stand to all but dash West Indies’ hopes of staying in the series, following their opening defeat last Saturday.The loss was the Windies’ 10th to Sri Lanka in their last 12 meetings and put them on course for another series whitewash at the hands of the Asian side, following a similar result five years ago here.Captain Dimuth Karunaratne (1) slapped Cottrell into Fabian Allen’s lap at point and Kusal Perera nicked the very next ball behind, to leave Windies with a dream start after they opted to bowl.And in the next over, pacer Jason Holder found Mendis’s edge only for captain Kieron Pollard to floor the sitter at first slip, to let off the right-hander after he had managed only two.West Indies paid dearly for the miss as Mendis raced to his half-century off 55 balls in the 21st over before storming to his second ODI hundred off 102 balls in the 37th over.Fernando, meanwhile, brought up his fifty off 56 balls in the 20th over and followed his partner to his second hundred in the 38th over, off 109 deliveries.The partnership was broken in the 41st over with the charge on, Mendis skying Cottrell for wicketkeeper Hope to take the catch running up to the stumps.Thisara Perera then struck 36 from 25 balls to gather late runs for Sri Lanka as Cottrell and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph (3-57) sliced through the lower order.Facing a required run rate of seven runs per over, there were hardly any fireworks as Hope and Sunil Ambris (17) put on 64 for the first wicket and with pressure building steadily, Ambris perished via run-out in a bad mix-up with Hope in the 13th over.Hope, dropped in the seventh over on 31, hit five classy fours in a 65-ball knock but was too a victim of pressure, caught mid-on in the 18th over trying to clear the infield with medium pacer Angelo Mathews.Hasaranga and Sandakan, bowling in tandem, then weaved their magic, spinning a web around the Windies middle order to engineer its collapse.Left-hander Darren Bravo (16) mis-read a Hasaranga googly, played against the turn, and was brilliantly taken at slip by Dhananjaya de Silva moving to his right in the 2st over.Pooran and Roston Chase (20) resisted in a fourth-wicket stand of 31 but the partnership required 47 balls and contained just two boundaries and by the time Chase was flummoxed by Sandakan in the 28th over and comprehensively bowled, West Indies were 130 for four and facing an asking rate of nearly 10 runs an over.Two balls later in the next over, Pollard played down the wrong line to another Hasaranga googly and was bowled first ball and with six runs added at 137 for six, Holder suffered the identical fate at the hands of Hasaranga and was bowled for three.Pooran, who struck three fours in a 41-ball knock, tried to counter-attack but holed out in the 36th over with the game already gone, top-edging a slog-sweep at Sandakan to be brilliantly caught by Mathews running around to mid-wicket.