Coronavirus deaths around the world reach over 100,000 with more than 1.6million confirmed cases – The Sun

COVID-19 had claimed more than 100,000 lives, the latest worldwide figures have revealed.

It is thought more than 1.6million people have been infected with the potentially deadly virus, with some 370,000 people having recovered.

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The shocking figures from around the world have been collated by Worldometers.

In the UK, another 980 people died in the past 24 hours, bring the total number of deaths to 8,958.

The death rate in Britain is currently higher than Spain and Italy which have been the worst-hit countries in Europe.

Italy recorded a high of 969 deaths on March 27 and Spain 950 deaths on April 2.

UK authorities say restrictions on business and public activity which were brought in on March 23 to try to slow the spread of the virus are likely to last at least several more weeks.

Although the number of new cases of coronavirus infections as well as people needing hospital treatment appears to have plateaued, deaths are still on the rise.

Stephen Powis, medical director of the National Health Service in England, said: "It's still too early to really be confident that we are turning the corner."

Some officials have been accused of flouting their own rules, which bar most travel outside the home except for essential shopping and exercise.

Scotland's chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, was forced to resign earlier this week after twice traveling to her second home.

And Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick was criticised for traveling from London to his house in central England, then making another 40-mile journey to visit his parents.

The Labour Party’s Nick Thomas-Symonds said: “It's very important for public confidence that Robert Jenrick explains himself and why exactly that journey was necessary.”

Jenrick said he went to his parents' house to deliver “essentials -including medicines” to his parents, who are self-isolating.

Under the government’s lockdown regulations, delivering medical supplies are permitted.

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