The global death toll has now crossed 59,000
With countries enforcing lockdowns and other measures to put a stop to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the world has witnessed a minor upward trend of new deaths from the deadly disease.
The global death toll has now crossed 59,000.
According to worldometer, 5,973 new coronavirus deaths were recorded on Friday, taking the total number of Covid-19 deaths across the world to 59,160.
A total of 5,974 people had died on the previous day.
A week ago, on March 28, the number of new deaths worldwide was 3,518, and a week before that, on March 21, it was 1,625.
Till now, the number of active cases stands at 810,371.
Of the active cases, 770,980 (95%) were identified to be in mild condition, while the rest, 39,391 (5%), have been marked as serious or critical.
At the same time, 228,923 (79%) people across the world have recovered fully from the infection or were discharged from treatment.
The new coronavirus strain has infected 1,098,456 people since its discovery in late December last year.
In January, China effectively shut down Wuhan and placed its 11 million residents in effective quarantine after the novel coronavirus infection turned into an outbreak.
The virus is thought to have emerged late last year in a wet market in Wuhan illegally trading wildlife. It can cause pneumonia, respiratory diseases, among others, and spreads between people in droplets from coughs and sneezes.
Till now, Covid-19, the disease caused by this novel coronavirus, has affected 205 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances -- the Diamond Princess cruise ship harboured in Japan’s Yokohama and the Holland America's MS Zaandam cruise ship.