Global coronavirus death toll surpasses 800,000

FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective face masks walk, as Schiphol Airport reduces its flights due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Amsterdam, Netherlands April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/

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The number of coronavirus deaths has surpassed 800,000, with almost 23 million confirmed cases, globally. Health officials believe the true numbers are far higher than the official figures, with lack of testing and reporting contributing to the discrepancy.

The United States remains the hardest hit country with reporting almost 5.6 million cases and over 175,000 coronavirus-related deaths. The U.S. is followed by Brazil, Mexico, India and the United Kingdom.

The epicenter of the pandemic remains the United States where more than half of the global cases have been registered.

Children over 11 should wear face masks

The World Health Organisation said that children over 11 should wear face masks wherever adults wear them. The agency recommended that children over 11 wear masks in crowded settings.

The UN agency and the United Nations Children’s Fund said that wearing of face masks should be considered for children between ages 6 and 11 in increased risk areas such as schools.

The report also warned that there are situations when masks can significantly interfere with the learning process and can have a negative impact on critical school activities. Furthermore younger children should not be made to wear masks. This is mainly discouraged because they cannot put them on and off correctly by themselves. The document recommends that children up to 5 years old are under constant supervision if they did wear masks.

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