Global coronavirus death toll exceeds 100,000 as tech giants announce developing coronavirus app

The global death toll from coronavirus has surpassed 100,000 as cases passed 1.6 million according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. There are also more than 372,000 recoveries.

The death toll now compares with 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.

The first death was reported in central Chinese city of Wuhan 9 January and it took 83 days

for the first 50,000 deaths to be recorded and just eight more for the toll to climb to 100,000.

Italy has the highest number of Covid-19 deaths, with more than 18,800 as of Friday, while, The United States,which is predicted to take over in the coming days, has reported the majority of confirmed infections are nearly half a million.

The toll has been accelerating at a daily rate of between 6% and 10% over the past week, and there were almost 7,300 deaths globally reported on Thursday.

Some countries, including Italy, France, Algeria, the Netherlands, Spain and Britain are reporting that more than 10% of all confirmed cases have been fatal.

Meanwhile in Brazil, the hardest-hit Latin American country in the coronavirus pandemic, passed the mark of 1,000 deaths, the health ministry said.

The ministry's latest figures gave a toll of 19,638 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 1,056 deaths.

Tech giants to develop coronavirus app

Tech giants Apple and Google announced they would join forces to develop an app for tracking coronavirus infections using existing Bluetooth and encryption technology.

The app will rely on Bluetooth to determine distances between phone users and encryption to ensure data security, the companies said.

The companies said in a joint statement: “"Privacy, transparency, and consent are of utmost importance in this effort."

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