Global death toll nears 75,000; British PM moved to intensive care

Global death toll nears 75,000; British PM moved to intensive care

More than 1.27 million people have been infected with novel coronavirus with the death toll nearing the 75,000 mark. While China has reported over 81,000 cases, the US, turning out to be the next hotspot, has reported around 3.5 lakh cases. More than 10,000 people have died of coronavirus in the United States since the outbreak began in late January, Johns Hopkins University has said.

New York is the main focus of the outbreak in the US, with more than 4,750 deaths and 1.3 lakh cases of infections, more than half of them in New York City. The world's leading economy is one of the worst-hit countries, trailing Italy (15,877) and Spain (13,055) in numbers killed by the deadly pandemic. The death toll in Italy again shot up on Monday with the officials asking people to be more cautious.

British PM Boris Johnson, who was in hospital due to persistent coronavirus symptoms, was on late Monday night moved to an intensive care. Boris Johnson had until last Friday continued to chair meetings via video conference from his self-isolation in his private quarters in Downing Street since his diagnosis. The United Nations Security Council will on Thursday hold a closed session to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic. This will be the first time United Nations Security Council is holding a meeting on coronavirus that has killed more than 74,000 people and infected over 1.3 million globally.