The tally of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 pandemic has crossed the threshold of 200,000, reaching 201,530, according to the latest statistics of the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
By 7:46 a.m. local time (1146 GMT) Wednesday, the number of confirmed infections outside China reached 120,428, with Italy leading the rank with 31,506 cases, followed by Iran with 16,169 cases and Spain with 13,716 cases. The fast-spreading disease has also claimed 8,007 lives so far worldwide. Italy suffered the most deaths with 2,503 from coronavirus outside of China, followed by Iran with 988 and Spain with 558, according to the center. The United Nations said Tuesday that it has been helping countries and communities respond to and prepare for the coronavirus, including Libya that is seeking a halt in fighting for the delivery of humanitarian aid.
As the pandemic keeps raging, the World Health Organization said Wednesday that it is committed to working with the travel, transport and tourism sectors on emergency preparedness and response. As the global economy has been saddled with mounting downward pressure marked by market turmoil, International Monetary Fund Chief Kristalina Georgieva on Monday called for “constant contact and close coordination” among the international community, which she called “the best medicine to ensure that the economic pain inflicted by the virus is relatively short-lived.” The United States, with both its stock market and real economy roiled, has been scrambling to roll out a massive fiscal stimulus package, which includes supportive measures for small businesses, airlines and hotels, as well as potential cash payments for working Americans.