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Covid-19: latest global developments – Asia Times

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At least 1,083,084 cases of infection and 58,243 deaths have been reported in 188 countries and territories around the world since the epidemic started in December, according to Johns Hopkins University and official sources.

Italy has the highest official death toll with 14,681 fatalities. Spain follows with 10,935, the United States with 6,699 and France 6,507.

Click on the above graphic to see a live version. Source: Johns Hopkins University

Economic cost

The pandemic could cost the global economy $4.1 trillion, equivalent to 4.8% of worldwide output, as it ravages major economies, the Asian Development Bank warns. 

In the United States employment plunged by 701,000 in March and the jobless rate surged to 4.4%, the Labor Department reports. 

Latin America is heading into “a deep recession” in 2020, the UN says.

Food shortages

The pandemic threatens to cause food shortages for hundreds of millions of people, especially in Africa, who depend on imports of foodstuffs paid for by exports, the World Food Programme says.

Half of humanity confined

More than 3.9 billion people – half of the world’s population – have been called on or obliged by their authorities to stay at home in more than 90 countries or territories, according to an AFP database.

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