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Belgium virus death toll tops 1,000: official

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The confirmed number of deaths from the global coronavirus epidemic in Belgium increased sharply and passed the 1,000 mark on Thursday, health officials said.

According to the officials, death toll in the country of 11.4 million has doubled in the space of three days, in part because figures have been updated with a backlog of fatalities from retirement homes.

There have now been 1,001 deaths and 15,348 officially recorded cases since the start of the outbreak, officials told a daily news conference.

The Coronavirus outbreak which was first reported in the city of Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, in December 2019 has now cases that have exceeded 930,000 globally, with the death toll hitting over 46,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

United States became the first nation with over 200,000 COVID-19 cases. Death toll in the country reached over 5,000. President Donald Trump has extended social distancing guidelines to April 30.

Italy's coronavirus lockdown measures will be extended to April 13.

Spain has crossed the threshold of 100,000 COVID-19 cases following the U.S. and Italy. The Spanish government said virus death toll now more than 10,000.

The death toll in in the country surges over 10,000 after a record 950 deaths in 24 hours, with the number of confirmed cases passing the 110,000 mark, the Spanish government says.

Spain has the world’s second-highest death toll after Italy, with the virus so far claiming 10,003 lives although the rate of new infections and deaths continued its downward trend, the health ministry figures show.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are set to begin on July 23, 2021, and will run until August 8. The Paralympic Games will run from August 24 to September 5.

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