The worldwide death count from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has now pushed beyond 100,000 while the number of infected cases surpassed 1.6 million.
This comes against the background of the coronavirus disease that first started in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on January 9.
The death toll has risen to its current number after a little over two months.
The death count has been rising rapidly at a daily rate of between six and 10 percent.
The death toll now compares with that of London’s Great Plague in the mid-1660s, which killed an estimated 100,000 people, about a third of the city’s population at the time.
However, the COVID-19 number is trending below the Spanish flu, which began in 1918 and reportedly killed 50 to 100 million people.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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