Coronavirus death toll tops 10,000 worldwide as crisis continues to escalate in Europe

  •  Total deaths have reached 10,000 and there are more than 245,600 cases 
  • The coronavirus is ravaging Europe, which accounts for half of deaths
  • China accounts for a third of victims having battled COVID-19 since December
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The coronavirus death toll has topped 10,000 worldwide as the crisis continues to escalate in Europe.

Almost half of all COVID-19 deaths have occurred in Europe, with Italy reporting devastatingly high numbers every day. 

China, where the killer virus first emerged, accounts for a third of all victims, having battled the disease since December 2019.

More than 245,000 cases have been reported across the globe, soaring from 100,000 reported just two weeks ago.

More than half (164,600) are outside of China, despite it originally reporting 90 per cent of all cases in the early days of the pandemic.  

Paramedicals carry a Coronavirus COVID-19 patient with a stretcher, to take him to the hospital ward in Naples, Italy, on March 19. Photo by Salvatore Laporta

Paramedicals carry a Coronavirus COVID-19 patient with a stretcher, to take him to the hospital ward in Naples, Italy, on March 19. Photo by Salvatore Laporta

A view of Rockefeller Center complex on 6th avenue during the coronavirus outbreak on March 19, 2020 in New York City

A view of Rockefeller Center complex on 6th avenue during the coronavirus outbreak on March 19, 2020 in New York City

Members of firefighters wear protective face masks, amid fear of coronavirus disease as they disinfect the streets, ahead of the Iranian New Year Nowruz, March 20

Members of firefighters wear protective face masks, amid fear of coronavirus disease as they disinfect the streets, ahead of the Iranian New Year Nowruz, March 20 

Sanitisation operations have also been taking place throughout the country in a bid to stem the danger of contagion and spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus

Sanitisation operations have also been taking place in Italy in a bid to stem the danger of contagion and spread of the coronavirus 

The latest figures have squashed hopes that the unprecedented national lockdown was helping to slow the spread of the pathogen. Pictured: Intensive care unit of the hospital of Brescia, Italy

Pictured: Intensive care unit of the hospital of Brescia, Italy

WHICH COUNTRIES HAVE MORE THAN 1,000 CASES? AS OF MARCH 20, 9AM 
COUNTRY CASES DEATHS
CHINA 80,967 3,248
ITALY 41,035 3,405
IRAN 18,407 1,284
SPAIN 18,077 833
GERMANY 15,320 44
US 14,363 218
FRANCE 10,995 372
SOUTH KOREA 8,652 94
SWITZERLAND 3,438 33
UK 3,269 144
NETHERLANDS 2,469 77
NORWAY 1,767 7
BELGIUM 1,795 12
AUSTRIA 2,096 6
SWEDEN 1,439 11
DENMARK 1,225 6

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