COVID-19: France death toll tops 10,000

As the European nations are gnashing and begging for mercies under the deadly grimy ravaging of the COVID-19, France has become the fourth country to register more than 10,000 deaths due to coronavirus, with 7,091 recorded in hospital and 3,237 in old age homes, according to a government official.

As of Tuesday, a total of 7,131 people were being treated in intensive care, top health official Jerome Salomon told reporters, warning that "the epidemic is continuing its progression."

Italy, Spain and the United States are the other three countries to have recorded more than 10,000 deaths. 

In Asia, Japan has declared a state of emergency amid a spike in coronavirus cases while Singapore began a partial lockdown and other countries extended stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of the disease.

In England, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was diagnosed with coronavirus late last month, was moved to intensive care in a London hospital after his condition worsened on Monday evening.

Globally, the number of people diagnosed with the virus now exceeds 1.3 million while more than 76,000 people have died  and nearly 285,000 have recovered, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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