AGENCIES, Washington: The date April 3, 2020 will be remembered for a long time in history as the day when the statistics department of Johns Hopkins University reported the worldwide coronavirus tally of 1 million plus infections, over 55,000 deaths impacting 175 countries. A poignant day and an indictor of the immense challenges ahead.
The figures were another bleak milestone in the epidemic that has forced the lockdown of entire countries and brought economies to a shuddering halt.
The coronavirus outbreak has thrown millions of people out of work in just two weeks.
The swiftest and most shocking collapse has been in the US and European job markets. As the pandemic continues, economists warn unemployment could reach levels not seen since the Depression, as the economic damage piles up around the world.
Though the tally reported by Johns Hopkins University show 1 million infections, with over 55,000 deaths, the true numbers are believed to be much higher, because of testing shortages, many mild cases that have gone unreported, and suspicions that some countries are covering up the extent of their outbreaks.
Apart from the economic woes, there’s a frightening scenario emerging that could see hospitals and healthcare set-ups running out of medical supplies and critical equipment like ventilators, shields and masks.
Doctors, nurses and healthcare workers are also not immune to the virus. Over 10,000 medical personnel in Italy have been infected and 69 doctors have died.